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Former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight has spent the past year talking about political issues while campaigning with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
And Knight was back at it again this morning when he appeared on “Fox & Friends.”
During the show, Brian Kilmeade asked Knight what he thought about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and others choosing to kneel during the national anthem.
Not surprisingly, Knight didn’t hold back.
“I think, Were I a teammate, were I a coach, were I an owner in a situation like that, I would have gotten rid of the guy. That’s a distraction. We don’t need a distraction like that. Our team has got to get together. We got to have our team play. And now we’ve got a terrible distraction, a tremendous distraction that really has nothing to do with the competition there. It’s hard for me to imagine anybody that can fault the opportunities one has in this country. There’s no country in the world provides better opportunities for people that are willing to work, willing to sacrifice and I would’ve had a very difficult time playing with a guy like that, coaching a guy like that, or having him as a teammate.”
Knight goes on to say that Kaepernick’s actions are not the same as iconic athletes and activists Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Muhammad Ali.