President Donald Trump has backed patriotic fans since the beginning of the controversial national anthem protests in the NFL — and it’s apparently had a huge impact on the league.
The NFL announced a new policy this week that punishes players who kneel during the anthem if they are on the field.
Now, a team official is revealing a possible reason why the NFL is changing its tune about the national anthem protests.
"Our league is f***ing terrified of Trump. We're scared of him,” one team official reportedly told Bleacher Report.
With Trump backing the fans instead of the protesters, the league now must worry about the president’s loyal supporters boycotting games and products, which would only further eat into the NFL’s bottom line. Ratings have seen a steady decline ever since Colin Kaepernick decided to take a knee in protest of alleged police brutality.
"Why is the NFL handling this so poorly, crafting a policy based on fear, not practicality? The answer remains clear, according to a variety of league sources: an intense fear of President Donald Trump," Bleacher Report writes. "Yet that fear of losing money thanks to an angry fanbase, stirred up by the president and his supporters, clearly drove this decision.
Here are just some of the things Trump has said about the NFL protests:
The president has remained very firm on his position. It seems he won this battle decisively following the NFL's decision to support the national anthem.