Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Speaks Out Against Trump

FILE - In this April 19, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump is presented with a New England Patriots jersey from Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, and head coach Bill Belichick during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, where the Patriots were honored for their Super Bowl LI victory. In addition to the jersey, the team confirmed on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, that Kraft decided after the team's visit to also have a Super Bowl championship ring made for Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

FILE – In this April 19, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump is presented with a New England Patriots jersey from Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, and head coach Bill Belichick during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, where the Patriots were honored for their Super Bowl LI victory. In addition to the jersey, the team confirmed on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, that Kraft decided after the team’s visit to also have a Super Bowl championship ring made for Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he’s “deeply disappointed by the tone” of President Trump’s comments about NFL players. Trump in a speech on Friday said that NFL owners should fire players who disrespect the American flag, apparently referring to players who have knelt during the National Anthem as a protest. His remarks, which he added to later on Twitter, have sparked a firestorm of controversy.

 

 

 

 

 

Kraft is a long-time friend of Trump’s. “I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the president’s comments on Friday,” Kraft said in a statement posted on the Patriots’ Twitter account. “I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal,” he said. “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.”