Chicago, IL (KTRS) Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says he “strongly disagrees” with NFL players protesting during the national anthem.
Rauner, a Republican and a former businessman, is part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. During Sunday’s game in Chicago, all but one of the Steelers players stayed in the locker room during the anthem in protest of President Donald Trump’s criticism of NFL players.
Rauner released a statement yesterday saying that the protesters are “disrespecting” the country’s foundations and veterans and that he-quote- “cannot and will not condone such behavior.” -end quote. His statement also says that players have the freedom of expression and can “choose to be disrespectful”.
About 200 players nationwide kneeled or sat during the anthem Sunday.
After Trump called for protesting players to be fired many players, owners and commissioners chastised Trump, calling his remarks divisive.