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David Stern: Anthem protests a ‘non-issue’ outside of Trump’s tweets

Former NBA commissioner David Stern harshly criticized Donald Trump when addressing the national anthem controversy afflicting primarily the NFL, saying the President’s tweets serve as a distraction to “what’s really happening in this country.”

Stern, appearing Wednesday on CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” stated his case concerning how Trump has manipulated the anthem controversy, which was spawned when Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” last season.

“This whole thing is a distraction,” Stern said, via “And what it’s distracting from is the fact that Puerto Rico is ravaged, we’ve got a horrible situation with fire [in California] and flood [in Puerto Rico], and we’ve got our national parks that are being opened up to drilling and to mining and to commercial exploitation.”

Trump perpetuated his all-out war with the NFL earlier this week with tweets reacting to the NFL’s decision to not mandate players stand for the anthem.

“Everyone takes the bait of the president throwing this junk out to distract them from what’s really happening in this country,” Stern continued. “The country is in a dire state, and we’re here talking about a football player that took a knee. … It’s a nonissue except for the president’s tweets.”

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday announced the league’s policy on anthems, saying players will not be prohibited from kneeling during the anthem, although expressing hope that they would do so.

“We believe that our players should stand for the national anthem,” Goodell said. “We want our players to stand, we’re going to continue to encourage them to stand.”

Goodell, however, added, “What we are trying to stay out of is politics.”