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Rex Ryan has made it clear in recent months he is an ardent supporter of Donald Trump. In late July, he told reporters, “I think anybody who is against him now is against our country. Without question, I’m proud to be a proud supporter of Donald Trump.”
But Trump’s controversial remarks Friday, calling national anthem protesters in the NFL “sons of b—” and saying they should be “fired,” have angered the former NFL coach and current NFL broadcaster.
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“I’m pissed off,” Ryan said on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown.” “I supported Donald Trump. [These comments] are appalling to me… I never signed up for that.
“I’m reading these comments and it’s appalling to me. Calling our players SOBs and all that kind of stuff. That’s not the men that I know. The men that I know in the locker room I’m proud of. I’m proud to be associated with those people.”
Kevin King, Green Bay Packers cornerback: “That was a tough decision. It was a tough decision. … I haven’t sat before, and it’s something that’s been on my mind but I didn’t want to do it for different reasons, but when I heard some comments that were made recently that put it over the top. I don’t know if it’s something that I plan on doing every game because my grandpa is a veteran and have respect for that, but in terms of what’s gone on recently I thought today was a great opportunity to show my support and what I thought was right.” King was one of three Packers players who sat during the anthem.
Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans wide receiver: “I’m tired of hearing stick to sports. It comes down to right and wrong in this word. If you see wrong and don’t say anything that’s wrong. As minorities, what do you want to happen before we say anything? They tried to have a silent protest and look what happened. It’s your right to stand or sit down. You have that right and you’re not allowing that to happen.” Matthews stayed in the locker room along with his team.