Patriots' owner Robert Kraft criticizes friend Trump over his 'disappointing' NFL remarks

(KGTV) -- One of President Donald Trump's good friends has joined the growing chorus of criticism coming from NFL team owners against the president's comments condemning NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he is "deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday."

"I am proud to be associated with so many players who make contributions positively impacting our communities," Kraft said in a statement tweeted by the Patriots.

"There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics," Kraft said in a statement tweeted by the Patriots.

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Trump made his comments during 90-minute speech Friday night at a rally for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Luther Strange.

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

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Kraft joins NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, numerous players, and several team owners who railed against Trump publicly, including Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, and San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York.

"The callous and offensive comments made by the President are contradictory to what this great country stands for," York said. "Our players have exercised their rights as United States citizens in order to spark conversation and action to address social injustice. We will continue to support them in their peaceful pursuit of positive change in our country and around the world."

Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk wrote: "I am proud to stand with our players and support them in their work on and off the football field. I completely agree with Commissioner Goodell that we are better off as a nation when we are unified and pulling together... Our players make public contributions day-in and day-out and when I hear anyone making disparaging remarks about them, I know it has to be the result of not knowing what they bring to our communities or what they have accomplished.”



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