New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft blasted President Trump in a meeting that was at the height of the National Anthem kneeling controversy in uncovered audio from October 2017.
Kraft, who is a longtime friend of Donald Trump, could be heard taking a stand against the president’s rhetoric on players who were taking a stand to protest racial injustice in the U.S., according to audio obtained by TMZ Sports.
“I must tell you, I think these dialogues are great,” Kraft said. “But, the elephant in the room now in my opinion, is this kneeling, which every player has a right to do if they feel it’s right.
“The problem we have is, we have a president that will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interest of the matter. It’s divisive and it’s horrible. And, it’s actually the opposite of what you all are trying to do.”
“I just hope one of the things that can come out of here is that we find a way to be unified. And, be able to carry through and follow through,” he said.
That meeting took place in New York City during the middle of the 2017 season. Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly had even made a point to say “let’s make sure that we keep this confidential.”
Clearly, that didn’t happen.