Trump scolds NFL players ‘making $15 million a year’ for mixing politics with sports

President Trump takes part in a White House event that replaced the Philadelphia Eagles’ scheduled visit. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

More than four months after the Super Bowl, President Trump continued to rebuke NFL players for their pregame protests, prolonging his culture war over his insistence that players stand for the national anthem. He was asked about the matter Friday morning during an impromptu appearance on “Fox & Friends,” suggesting the highly compensated athletes should stand during the anthem and stick to sports inside their venues.

“They’re all saying: ‘Oh, it has nothing to do with the flag. It’s the way we’ve been treated,’ ” he said. “In the meantime, they’re making $15 million a year. Look, I’m all for the athletes. I think it’s great. I love athletics. I love sports. But they shouldn’t get the politics involved.”

Trump suggested there’s a time and place for athletes to air social concerns — and that is away from the playing field.

“When you’re in a stadium and they broadcast that national anthem, you’ve got to stand, and you’ve got to be proud and you’ve got to have your hand up and you got to do everything that’s right,” he said. “Then go out and play really tough football. And once you leave that stadium, go and do whatever you want to do, run for office, do whatever.”

Trump has been the most prominent critic of players using the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality, first suggesting last fall that owners fire protesting players. He said last week

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