Paul Tagliabue: Trump remarks “insulting and disgraceful”

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Former commissioner Paul Tagliabue has added his voice to the growing chorus of the NFL speaking against President Donald Trump’s remarks over the weekend.

Appearing in Charlotte as a guest of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson (one of the few owners/teams to say nothing so far), Tagliabue made it clear he wasn’t speaking in an official capacity, but made it clear he didn’t go along with the tone or the substance.

“I’m a private citizen now, so I’m not speaking for the league; I don’t represent the league,” Tagliabue said, via Bryan Strickland of the team’s official website. “But from my perspective, I think I know a little bit about NFL players, and from my perspective they’re engaged in many, many positive things across America all the time, week in and week out. Some of it is protest, demonstrations – speech – and some of it is supporting the military, some of it is working in their communities with police department, EMS, firefighters and celebrating that as the Cleveland Browns did a couple of weeks ago. I go to games in Baltimore where my grandkids live, so I know more about the players there who are in the community, working with the homeless, working with domestic violence.

“So for me to single out any group of players and call them SOBs, to me that’s insulting and disgraceful. I think the players should get credit for what they do, and when it comes to speech, they’re entitled to speak. We’re entitled to listen, we’re entitled to disagree or agree for that matter. We’re not entitled to shut anybody’s speech down. Sometimes you don’t like what you hear – that’s true in life in lots of contexts – but you can’t shut people down and you can’t be disgraceful when you’re doing it.”

While he can try to distance himself from it, Tagliabue is still very much viewed as a part of the NFL establishment, so it’s no surprise his statement follows so closely with the stance the league has taken.

11 responses to “Paul Tagliabue: Trump remarks “insulting and disgraceful”

  1. The word I am not hearing from any of the owners that I was hoping to hear: Wrong.

    Yes, divisive. Yes, unproductive. Yes, tone deaf. But no one has yet had the courage to say “Wrong”.

    And that is wrong.

  2. Demonize the police, Black neighborhoods get patrolled less, more Black people die, more Black people get criminal records for protesting and the rich fat cats like George Soros who fund the protests just laugh because that’s what they really want, more divisiveness. SMH!!!
    WAKE UP PEOPLE YOU’RE BEING PLAYED!!!

  3. What was insulting was a player calling police pigs and saying they go on slave patrols. Don’t cry about us, we didn’t start it.

  4. Right to protest, right to support protest, right to admonish protest, right to tune out protest.
    RIGHTS!!! FREEDOM!!!
    This is why I love America, try this is China, North Korea, Cuba or Iran and let me know how long it last!

  5. He says “insulting and disgraceful”? Almost as bad as a group hiding information from people suffering irreparable brain damage from concussions. Oh thats right, You did that Paul! Wonder why You are not in the HOF? Just shut up.

  6. I think they ought to interview Joe Average Citizen, it’d be interesting to hear what he has to say. So sick of celebrity types forcing their views on us. If I didn’t have this addiction I had to feed I’d stop watching it. Political bs, I long for the days of football being just about football.

  7. As an average Joe Citizen; I wish the President would stick to trying to find solutions to the many problems facing our Country right now instead of needlessly inflaming what was a minor situation, unsolicited.

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