Irsay ‘troubled’ by President Trump’s comments on protesting players

Colts owner Jim Irsay (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Jim Irsay joined a growing group of NFL Owners reacting to President Donald Trump’s comments concerning players kneeling during the national anthem.

The Colts Owner and CEO released the following statement Saturday evening:

“I am troubled by the President’s recent comments about our league and our players. Sports in America have the unique ability to bring people from all walks of life and from different points of view together to work toward or root for a common goal, and the Indianapolis Colts are proud to be a part of that tradition in our home city and state.

The vast majority of players in the NFL — especially those who have worn and continue to wear the Horseshoe — have donated millions of dollars to charities, raised money for those affected by recent hurricanes, created charitable foundations, visited schools, mentored students, worked in homeless shelters, cleaned up parks, and put in hours of their personal time toward improving their communities and the lives of those around them.

That’s the spirit in which this nation was founded, and we all need to work tirelessly to bring people together to take on the challenges that face us and give back to the people of our communities. More so than any result on the field, that is a common goal worth rooting for.”

Irsay’s comments followed responses from owners, CEOs, and/or presidents from the Eagles, Bills, Packers, 49ers, Dolphins, and Giants.

At a rally in Alabama Friday, President Trump addressed the protests by saying to the crowd, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now, out. He’s fired! He’s fired!'”