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NFL Owners Robert Kraft And Jeffrey Lurie Slam ‘Disastrous’ Trump On Secret Tape

An audio tape of a confidential meeting last October reveals that NFL owners — including two prominent Jews — were highly concerned about President Donald Trump’s comments that were critical of players kneeling during the national anthem.

The New York Times reports that it obtained the audio recording of the three-hour session in which owners, players and executives discussed the comments and felt Trump’s words were fueling an unprecedented amount of backlash against the league.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a longtime personal friend of Trump, was highly critical of the President. This despite contributing $1 million to the Trump campaign.

“The problem we have is, we have a president (Trump) who will use (kneeling) as fodder to do his mission,” Kraft said. “I don’t feel is in the best interests of America,

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie used this word to describe Trump’s presidency: “Disastrous.”

Lurie urged players to not become divided and warned that everybody needed to be cautious in their responses.

“We’ve got to be careful not to be baited by Trump or whomever else,” Lurie said.

When the subject turned to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, former teammate Eric Reid didn’t mince words. He told the group of people in the room that the NFL was blackballing Kaepernick over his anthem stance.

“I feel like he was hung out to dry,” Reid said of Kaepernick. “We all let him become Public Enemy No. 1 in this country, and he still doesn’t have a job.”


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