President Trump says NFL owners are ‘afraid of their players’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said NFL team owners are “afraid of their players,” and he’s still calling for action against those who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.

Trump said he began criticizing the players because he has “so many friends that are owners.” He adds: “I think they are afraid of their players, if you want to know the truth, and I think it’s disgraceful.”

The president spoke in an interview that aired Thursday on “Fox and Friends.” It was taped on Wednesday. He said “most people agree” with him.

Trump’s statements are “inaccurate,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said on a conference call Thursday.

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