Patriots owner Robert Kraft ‘deeply disappointed by the tone’ of Trump’s comments

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A friend of Trump’s, the Patriots owner did not agree with the President’s comments made at a rally Friday.

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While in Huntsville, Alabama, President Trump said, ‘Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son-of-a-b**** off the field right now, out. He’s fired.”
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Robert Kraft speaks at the White House for the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI celebration.(Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)

New England Patriots CEO Robert Kraft said Sunday he was “deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments” issued by President Trump, a friend of his, on Friday night in Alabama. 

“I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities,” Kraft said in a statement released Sunday morning. 

“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.”

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Kraft, who reportedly donated $1 million to Trump’s inauguration celebrations, dined with Trump a week after the Patriots won Super Bowl LI and gave the President a Super Bowl ring earlier this year. 

But even Trump’s remarks at a Friday night rally in Alabama went too far for Kraft. Trump spoke about NFL players who choose not to stand for the national anthem over racial injustices.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now,” Trump said. “Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!”

While many NFL players were quick to condemn Trump’s remarks on social media, so did NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and some owners. New York Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy and San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York were among the team executives who called the remarks “offensive.”

For the third day in a row, President Trump had something to say about the NFL players who kneel during the anthem, tweeting on Sunday morning:

“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend! …NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.”

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