Kyle Shanahan was “pretty bothered” by the President’s comments

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Before last Friday, multiple NBA coaches had been willing to express concerns about the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. NFL coaches, however, had little to say about the situation — other than to periodically express support for him, as former Bills coach Rex Ryan and Patriots coach Bill Belichick did in 2016.

Now, multiple NFL coaches have had criticism for the President following his profane rant against football players who choose to use the anthem as a platform for protest regarding racial equality, social justice, and police brutality. On Sunday, Saints coach Sean Payton spoke his mind. The latest coach to speak out is one of the newest.

“I was pretty bothered by it,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Wednesday regarding President Trump’s remarks from last Friday. “I think the same way most people were. I think I’ve got a lot of regard for that position. I have my whole life. It’s a very important, big position to be the leader of our country and when you hear something like that, it definitely bothered me, especially when he’s calling out people that you’re associated with. But the most bothersome thing is how everyone sees that position in our country and you expect that position to be the best leader possible and when I think of being a leader, I think of bringing people together. All I know is the quotes I read and when I read those quotes, I think that’s the opposite of what you’re expecting.”

It helps that Shanahan’s boss, 49ers CEO Jed York, feels the same way. It also helps that Shanahan has a six-year, guaranteed contract with no offset language. Still, at a time when most NFL coaches have opted to keep their heads low and their mouths shut when it comes to calling out the Commander-in-Chief, any coach who is willing to do that deserves credit for having the nerve, whether you agree with the criticism or not. The fact that Shanahan, who has all of three NFL regular-season games under his belt, is willing to say something so early in his career speaks to a level of conviction that shouldn’t be as rare among football coaches as it apparently is.

21 responses to “Kyle Shanahan was “pretty bothered” by the President’s comments

  1. If I were a 49ers fan I’d be “pretty bothered” by Shanahan’s uncanny ability to take a terrible team and somehow make them even worse

  2. President Trump expressed what many citizens feel about the protests being conducted in such a demeaning manner by these self-important athletes. I’m glad that he did.

  3. Too bad, so sad.

    Perhaps if the 49ers organization hadn’t given Kaepernick a platform to be disrespectful towards the flag and national anthem in the first place, none of this would be happening.

    You remember Kaepernick, the guy who wore the pig socks to disrespect law enforcement. The same guy who praised fidel castro. Yeah, that guy.

  4. Six year deal or not Kyle could and should speak his mind like everybody else.

    I if like the way Kyle has been running the team and how he has conducted himself. He has the team believing in what he’s preaching. The team plays hard and competes. The results haven’t been what the fans and team have wanted but to be honest the team still lacks the talent it needs to even think of having any playoff aspirations. If the effort continues the wins will eventually come.

  5. I am bothered by the play and coaching of the 49ers. The NFL is for entertainment not a political platform.

  6. Oh Kyle, just think, you could have been the coach for Colin…the leader of the downfall of the NFL. That constant headache would have made you open up a beef jerky stand in some far away place.

  7. Trump is my president and the U.S.A. is my country. I’ll defend my country to the death of me. But I’m not gonna be blind and ignorant in regards to my fellow Americans who are hurting. I read everybody’s responses on a daily basis whether right or left but it’s only dividing us more. Politicians, celebrities, athletes, etc. are doing their thing but this country was built upon the people like you and I. We’re gonna have to agree to disagree on some issues but we can’t let it divide us. The right needs to open up and understand the left and the left needs to open up and understand the right. Instead of bitching and moaning about these spotlight folks guiding America, we as Americans need to hold conversations with our neighbors and foes regardless of their loyalty and work to mend this great nations wounds. Trump, NFL, Clinton, etc. are not America, we as a whole are America!

  8. And I was pretty bothered by his coaching during the super bowl when his offense “took a knee” and let the Pats come back and win yet again !!!

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