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Mark Cuban Says What Everyone's Thinking About Trump And The NFL Protest

Football fans across the country had been waiting for the 2017 season to begin, but instead of leading up to the event with discussions about the game and teams, the headlines were dominated by President Donald Trump locking horns with the NFL.

Things have quickly escalated, with Trump taking the argument to Twitter after he got criticism for his remarks. One of Trump’s biggest critics says the president needs to learn to toughen up and take it.

Mark Cuban had a few words of wisdom for Mr. Trump. Cuban, also a billionaire turned reality star, as well as the owner of the NBA team the Dallas Mavericks, says the president opened the door to criticism when he made the comments on Friday at a campaign rally for Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.).

On Friday, Trump told the crowd he would love, when a player took a knee during the anthem, if a team owner would say, "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he's fired. He's fired!"

Trump says that disrespecting the flag is disrespecting everything America stands for. He also took a dig about NFL ratings being down.  

“If the president's going to say something condemning a person, an industry, a sport, then he's got to be able to take the blowback that's going to come back,” said Cuban in an interview with NBC News.

“So LeBron [James] and Steph and any athlete, any owner, it's an open door now, and so they have every right for the same reasons to be able to say whatever’s on their mind.... Now we'll be able to see if he can take it.”

So far, it doesn't look like Trump has been taking things very well at all.

For two days, owners, managers, players, fans and political pundits sounded of on Trump's comments. The loudest push back on the president's words came on Sunday's game, when NFL teams across the nation showed solidarity and stood up for each other.

Some teams took a knee, locking arms. Others stood, arms locked, side-by-side. The Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans didn't even leave the locker room; they sat out the anthem, and the controversy.

Trump took to Twitter to share his displeasure with the kneeling, though he applauded the locking of arms. He also disinvited basketball champs, the Golden State Warriors, because teammate Steph Curry made a comment over the weekend that he didn't want to go.

Curry told the press, "I don't know why he feels the need to target certain individuals rather than others. I have an idea of why, but, it's just kind of beneath, I think, a leader of a country to go that route. It's not what leaders do."

Cuban, who is toying with the idea of running for office himself, backed pro-sports taking a political stand.

"I don't think people realize how involved in the community every NBA and NFL team is," Cuban told Business Insider.

"We all have community programs and foundations and every single one of those groups has to get involved in politics in order to help get buildings built and programs organized with our communities. We work with our cities to push forward agendas."

Cuban added, "That's one point... The second point is that if you want to keep sports and politics separate, don't accept money from anyone in sports."

Cuban later reiterated this in a tweet that read, "Want to keep politics and sports separate? Don't accept donations from athletes, mgmt or owners. $$ speak far louder than taking a knee."

Source: NBC News, Yahoo Sports
Photo: YouTube

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