Fox Sports host Terry Bradshaw blasted President Trump on Sunday after Trump said that NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem should be fired or suspended.
“If our country stands for anything, folks, it’s freedom. People died for that freedom. I’m not sure if our president understands those rights. That every American has the right to speak out, also to protest," the longtime Fox commentator said.
"The president of the United States came out attacking NFL players for them exercising their freedom of speech. While I don’t condone the protesting our national anthem, this is America," he said.
Bradshaw, a hall of fame quarterback, said the president should turn his attention to more pressing issues affecting the nation rather than bullying players in the league who decide to kneel as the anthem plays before the start of each game.
"Believe me, these athletes do love this great country of ours. Personally, I think our President should concentrate on serious issues like North Korea and health care rather than ripping into athletes and the NFL," he said.
Bradshaw's remarks come after Trump went after NFL players who decided to protest the national anthem.
“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!” he wrote in one tweet, while noting poor attendance at the NFL games in another.
Trump attacked NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick during a rowdy campaign rally in Alabama on Friday night, prompting a backlash from several prominent NFL players.