Donald Trump caused a stir in the sports world on Friday when he said he wished all NFL owners would fire the “SOB’s” who protest the National Anthem.
Along with the various current and former players from the NBA and NFL comes former Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, who once agreed to introduce then-presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Buffalo. According to Rex, it’s a decision he now regrets because of the president’s recent comments.
On Sunday, Rex Ryan, who now serves as a commentator for ESPN, made his feelings quite clear that he regrets ever supporting a President who would speak about people in such a manner.
“When you look at it, we all grew up in an NFL locker room,” Ryan said on the set of “Sunday NFL Countdown,” which included former players Randy Moss, Matt Hasselbeck, Charles Woodson and Anquan Boldin, and co-host Sam Ponder. “We don’t have those issues, you know what I mean?
“Everyone’s always been united. Yeah, the views are different but lemme tell you: I’m pissed off. I’ll be honest with you. Because I supported Donald Trump. When he asked me to introduce him at a rally in Buffalo, I did that. But I’m reading these comments and it’s appalling to me and I’m sure it’s appalling to almost any citizen in our country. It should be.
“You know, calling our players SOBs and all that kind of stuff, that’s not the men that I know. The men that I know in the locker room I’m proud of. I’m proud to be associated with those people. I apologized for being pissed off but guess what? That’s it, because right away I’m associated with what Donald Trump stands for and all that because I introduced him. I never signed up for that, I never wanted that. That doesn’t mean I support 100 percent of the things he says.”
A strong statement but a weird one; Trump’s whole campaign was built on hate of minorities.