In recent years, President Trump has been quick to critique the NFL, claiming that moves toward making the sport safer for its players are making it “soft.”
“Football has become soft. Football has become soft. Now, I’ll be criticized for that. They’ll say, ‘Oh, isn’t that terrible.’ But football’s become soft like our country has become soft.” -Donald Trump, 2016 rally in Reno, Nevada
According to ABC News, Trump stated in an interview that he would not “steer” his son toward playing the sport also citing that “I’ve heard NFL players saying they wouldn’t let their sons play football. So, it’s not totally unique, but I -- I would have a hard time with it.”
Trump’s statements largely contradict prior claims he has made that the NFL is “hurting the game” with safer provisions. This also follows Trump’s history of critiquing NFL players like Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee in protest during the national anthem.