George Foreman still has a knockout punch.
The former world heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist said on the “Offended America” podcast this week that people who refuse to stand for the national anthem, like disgraced former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, are not patriots – they’re just looking for attention:
“I love the United States,” Foreman said. “They [Kevin Durant and Colin Kaepernick] haven’t been brought up with people who were patriotic.”
He added, “A lot of people died so that they can have that privilege.”
NBA player Kevin Durant recently said he would not go to the White House if the NBA champion Golden State Warriors are invited because he doesn’t “respect who’s in office right now.”
Durant is not the first athlete to decline an invitation to Trump’s White House. A handful of the 2017 Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots also said they would not participate in their championship visit to the White House. Even so, Patriots owner Robert Kraft – a personal friend of Trump’s – gifted the President with a commemorative Super Bowl ring.
As for Foreman, he also said on the podcast that Trump is “a good president.”
It’s unfortunate that athletes like Kaepernick and Durant – who are far more privileged than the vast majority of Americans – completely take their freedoms for granted. Foreman is right: The athletes of his generation had far more respect for their country than those today.
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