Robert Kraft “deeply disappointed” by the President’s tone

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Of the 32 NFL owners, few are perceived as being closer to President Trump than Patriots owner Robert Kraft. As a result, many have been waiting to see whether Kraft will respond to the President’s verbal assault on players who would choose to protest during the anthem.

“I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday,” Kraft said in a statement issued by the Patriots. “I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger. There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics. I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, thoughtful, and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”

Kraft’s statement specifically target the profane remarks from Friday night, when President Trump used the phrase “son of a bitch” in reference to any player who protests during the anthem. President Trump has since posted several messages on Twitter, urging the NFL to force players to stand and to fire those who don’t, ridiculing Commissioner Roger Goodell’s effort to “justify” the behavior, and telling fans not to attend games until all players stand.

21 responses to “Robert Kraft “deeply disappointed” by the President’s tone

  1. Of course he’s deeply disappointed, he’s an owner. The NFL is between a rock and a hard place on this one. Clearly the more knees that are taken, the more ratings will go down. Inevitable. At some point there will be a breaking point, but we are far from it right now.

  2. As a Pats fan, I was hoping that Mr Kraft would be able to put his personal relationship and political affinities with Trump aside, and unequivocally condemn his disgraceful rhetoric. I am grateful he did. I am hoping that all players on all teams kneel for the anthem today, and then all stand next week, and then move on to each individually expressing their own opinions freely.

  3. As a long time Patriots fan and New England native, I must say that I am very disappointed with the stance Mr. Kraft has decided to take.

    Whether he intended to or not, he just helped to justify the actions of “intelligent and thoughtful” football players who, though most couldn’t offer an “intelligent and thoughtful” contribution to a substantive discussion (I dare anyone to find and post one), feel they have somehow become the voice of conscience of the “sides” they have created.

    Trump makes statements that many of us don’t agree with at times, but he didn’t call out every NFL player. He specifically called out those who continue to hijack their employer’s highly visible public platform to make nonsensical “statements” about issues most, by their own admission, know very little about.

    What is most troubling is that never once from these protesting players have I heard the terms “we’re all one race”, “we’re all on the same side”, “content of character not the color of our skin”.

    It’s all about race to them and they continue to create sides based on the color of our skin.

    Now Richard Sherman has channeled his best George Bush/Adolf Hitler and told us that “if you do not condemn this divisive rhetoric you are condoning it!”

    What an intelligent and thoughtful comment.

  4. The vast majority of the fans of your team agree with Trump and are deeply disappointed with the players who have hijacked the game for political purposes.

  5. Yes owners support the players you pay not the fans that pay you, that is the bases of every successful business, SMH!

  6. Yup Donald…I will get right on that boycott today. I think I will watch double the games and get my wife mad. Trump is a joke.

  7. As a Pats fan I’m deeply disappointed in Robert Kraft’s statement. Kraft paints a rosy picture of a handful of players who do the right things, but not a complete picture that includes a majority of players who do nothing or the minority who do the wrong things. These players, including Tom Brady, are privileged to play and be supported by millions. They should well understand that Trump’s comments were targeting those who kneel, not every player in the NFL, and the act of kneeling is unpatriotic. To show support for such people shows a lack of sense of right or wrong, and to use the flag as a means for further protestation is a lack of respect for the men and women who sacrificed their lives and limps to afford them the opportunity to play in a peaceful country every Sunday. I’m so glad the Patriots’ stadium was half empty today!!

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