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Patriots’ owner releases a statement supporting NFL player’s protests; disappointed in Trump

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 07: Former New England Patriots players Kevin Faulk, Matt Light and Deion Branch pose with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (C) and Julian Edelman #11 (R) to display the Patriots' five Vince Lombardi Trophies prior to the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on September 7, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBOROUGH — Patriots’ CEO and Chairman Robert Kraft released an official statement Sunday that goes against Trump’s comments about NFL player protests.

The statement comes after comments the President made at a campaign rally for a Alabama Senator Friday night. 

“We’re proud of our country and we’re proud of our flag,” he said.

Trump  said players who disrespect the flag and kneel for the national anthem should be kicked our of the stadium and cut from their team.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘get that son of a b***h off the field right now – he’s fired’,” Trump said.

The President’s comments have sparked backlash in the sport industry from the NFL, NBA, and even the MLB where Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics has become the first major league baseball player to kneel during the national anthem.