President Donald Trump disagrees with Dr. Anthony Fauci on NFL restart, won't watch if players kneel
President Donald Trump has conflicting thoughts about restarting the NFL. Trump tweeted his support for the league's security measures on Friday, but repeated that he wouldn't watch football in 2020 if players were allowed to kneel during the national anthem.
Trump's comments come a day after Dr. Anthony Fauci has thrown cold water on the idea that football should be played this year. Fauci said players need to be kept in a bubble and tested every day to make sure the league is safe.
The president disagreed with Fauci's pessimism and essentially urged Fauci to stop talking about the NFL.
Donald J. Trump
Tony Fauci has nothing to do with NFL football. You are planning a very safe and controlled opening. However, if they don't represent our national anthem and our big American flag, I won't be watching !!!
6:48 p.m. - June 19, 2020
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While Trump's tweet initially supports the NFL, he chastises the league in his second sentence. It's far from the first time Trump has indicated that he won't be able to see the NFL when players are allowed to kneel. Trump has repeatedly criticized the league for how it dealt with player protests.
Trump told New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees that he would regret apologizing for his hymn comments, asked in a video why Roger Goodell said "Black Lives Matter," and charged Colin Kaepernick again.
Trump hit many of the same grades in 2016 when Kaepernick peacefully protested police brutality and racial injustice in the United States. If Trump's actions at the time are an indication of this, he'll have a lot more to say about the NFL in 2020, especially considering that the league is unlikely to reverse course if players are allowed to kneel during the season.
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