President Trump responded to Brett Favre’s comments regarding the NBA and NFL’s plummeting TV ratings, according to Fox News.
“People don’t want to see all of the politics,” Trump told host Eric Bolling.
“They’ve got enough politics with me and with everybody else. And they don’t want to see it with football or sports on Sunday or whenever they happen to be watching.”
“I think it’s had a huge impact on sports, a huge negative impact on sports.”
“And I think that football ought to get back to football and basketball to basketball.”
“And let politics remain separate.”
“They want to have these players stand and salute or put their hand over their heart or at least stand for the national anthem and salute,” he said.
“They want to respect the American flag. They want respect for our country. They want respect for the American flag.”
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The former Green Bay Packers star’s prerecorded question for the president on how leagues should address racial injustice without alienating viewers came during a presidential town hall with conservative Sinclair Broadcasting.
Favre said both the NBA and NFL were both struggling with lower TV ratings as players have been allowed to make political statements on their jerseys, helmets and footwear and by kneeling for the national anthem or staying in the locker room in the wake of protests that have swept the country.
Trump has been an outspoken critic of athletes protesting since the beginning of his presidency and touted himself as the law-and-order candidate when some protests turned destructive and violent in several cities last summer.