Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed the National Football League’s (NFL) lack of effort in handling players kneeling during the national anthem for creating “damage” to the league.
Approached by TMZ, the Texas senator was asked if Congress should step up to have more oversight of the league.
His response was that the fans “do a perfectly good job at doing oversight of the NFL.”
When asked about investigations within the NFL, Cruz instead slammed the league doing “unprecedented damage to their brand” and that the handling of the anthem protests was “spectacularly harmful” to the NFL.
“I think it has been amazing watching the NFL do unprecedented damage to their brand and the way they handled the anthem protest I think was spectacularly harmful to professional football.”
Asked if Congress should have stepped in, Cruz said, “At the end of the day, I trust the fans to exercise the appropriate check.”
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Cruz’s clear distaste of the NFL’s fumbling comes after the several NFL players have taken a knee during the national anthem — starting when former 49ers player Colin Kaepernick took a knee in protest of police brutality and racial inequality — stirring up controversy.
In the current season, Kaepernick’s former team’s cheerleader became the first cheerleader to take a knee during the anthem.
The NFL addressed the issue with a new policy of giving players the option the remain in the locker room during the national anthem or else they would have to stand, but that was put on hold for the time being.