President Donald Trump on Wednesday posted a harshly critical tweet about the NFL, telling Commissioner Roger Goodell to address the controversial national anthem protests because the issue is “killing” the league.
“The NFL is now thinking about a new idea — keeping teams in the Locker Room during the National Anthem next season,” Trump tweeted. “That’s almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart? This issue is killing your league!”
The NFL is now thinking about a new idea - keeping teams in the Locker Room during the National Anthem next season. That’s almost as bad as kneeling! When will the highly paid Commissioner finally get tough and smart? This issue is killing your league!.....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2017
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones responded to Trump’s comments in an interview with CNN, actually thanking the president for weighing in:
"Donald Trump is a longtime fan of sport and longtime fan of football and has been involved as (an) owner in professional football, so he has some knowledge.
I certainly think that the thing he is addressing is certainly a part of how we want to make our game better.
There's no question because of our visibility, our substantiveness, that we are looked to for social responsibility as well. This is all a part of what I've been talking about with the commissioner, and certainly I appreciate not only the President, but I want everybody to be a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. And I want to do everything I can to make them a fan of the Cowboys or the NFL. I just appreciate the interest."
Jones also confirmed that his relationship with Goodell has gotten pretty sour.
“I probably have a much better relationship with the commissioner of the Salvation Army than I do right now with the commissioner of the NFL,” Jones said.