President Trump Discusses the Return of Sports with Clay Travis
By Carlie A.Horn
President Trump did an exclusive interview with Outkick founder Clay Travis on Tuesday Morning to discuss the return on NFL, the ratings of NBA, and college sports.
The president joined Travis on his Fox Sports Radio show. The president expressed interest in the return of college football on Monday. He tweeted his support for Clemson Quarterback Trevor Lawrence and #WeWantToPlay movement that several athletes started Sunday night.
Travis asked the president,"Why is it important for college football to be played and what do you think you can do to help that happen?"
"Football players are very young strong people and are in physically extraordinary shape. They're not going to have a problem. I think football is making a tragic mistake," said President Trump.
The president talked about the time he went to an Alabama and LSU football game last season in 2019.
"I never really did the big time college football I went to an Ivy League school, but when I went to Alabama and LSU, you know these stadiums are massive. You have no idea about that, it is much bigger crowds than the NFL. You know in the NFL you have 60 and here we had 115,000 people."
The NFL returns on September 10 with Texans playing the Chiefs. "I will say this if they don't stand for the National Anthem I hope they don't open, but other than that I would love to see them open and we're doing everything possible for getting them open.They can protest in other ways, they shouldn't protest the flag or our country. You have to stand for your flag, respect your flag and your country, your making millions of dollars a year to be playing for a sport you'll be playing on the weekends and they have to respect their country," said the president.
The president gave his thoughts on the NBA. The NBA restarted their season on July 30, with Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans at Walt Disney World. "Basketball is not working because of the way they treated our flag and our anthem if you want to know the truth, but it doesn't seem to have anything. I looked at it, I couldn't watch it.I think it’s been horrible for basketball. Look at the basketball ratings. They’re down. They’re down to very low numbers very, very low. People are angry about it. They don’t realize. They don’t want – they have enough politics with guys like me. They don’t need more as they’re driving down, going up for the shot. They don’t need it. And there was a nastiness about the NBA, the way it was done too. So I think that they the NBA is in trouble. I think it’s in big trouble, bigger trouble than they understand," said the president.
The President voiced his opinion on other sports that working and the sports that are not working during this time of COVID-19. Golf, UFC, and Hockey are the sports he thought are doing well. He has not had a chance to to watch baseball. The president said,"basketball is going to need its fans back from what I'm seeing. It looks very dull."