Giants co-owner: Donald Trump has ‘no understanding’ why NFL players protest
New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch opined this week that President Donald Trump should refrain from making critical comments about the NFL and players’ national anthem protests.
Trump has been at war with the NFL going back to last year. The President, during a September a rally in Huntsville, Ala., suggested team owners should fire any player who protests the anthem.
Trump’s harsh criticism without question has been an ongoing issue for the league. It rose to such a degree that reports suggested he played a role in NFL owners adopting a new anthem policy earlier this year.
Tisch believes Trump ought to tone down the inflammatory rhetoric because the President has “no understanding” why players are protesting the anthem in the first place.
“Hopefully he’ll have much more going on that he’s going have to deal with and should deal with and must deal with than worrying about what NFL players do,” Tisch said this week at a movie premiere, via The Hollywood Reporter. “He has no understanding of why they take a knee or why they’re protesting. When the new season starts, I hope his priorities are not criticizing the NFL and telling owners what to do and what not to do.”
As noted, the NFL has adopted a new anthem policy that requires players and staff to stand at attention during the anthem. However, players and team personnel have the option to remain in the locker room during the pregame ceremony. Trump hammered the new policy, calling it “worse” than the previous way the league handled protests.
Trump last month argued that players should not get “politics involved” while seemingly suggesting their high incomes make them hypocrites. He also took sole credit for the NFL’s supposed declining ratings.
With all that in mind, there’s little chance Trump will refrain hammering the NFL anytime soon, despite Tisch’s comments.