Published: Mon, September 17, 2018
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Panthers owner David Tepper: 'Dead wrong' to call National Football League players' protests unpatriotic

Panthers owner David Tepper: 'Dead wrong' to call National Football League players' protests unpatriotic

The kneeling began when former 49ers player, Colin Kaepernick, took a knee during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality.

Tepper backed his opinions by highlighting how much certain National Football League players contribute to their communities, noting that many who've stood up - or knelt - for social justice have also done things to promote change. "I mean there is just a great future for this stuff [memory chips]", Tepper said.

"These are some of the most patriotic people and best people", Tepper said.

"It's the biggest pile of bull-dinky ever", Tepper said. It just makes me so aggravated and angry.

Tepper's pushback appeared largely aimed at Trump, who has been critical of the NFL's handling of on-field demonstrations during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner".


Then, Tepper's interview turned toward the president, without mentioning him by name - Instead, calling the president "Howdy-Doody".

Trump has consistently cast demonstrating players as unpatriotic and has even called for them to be fired. Wapner pressed the issue further, coaxing Tepper with "everybody knows who you're talking about".

Tepper said the protests were about "justice for all". "Now listen, everybody's standing this season, because I think people understand that it's what you do in the community, it's what you do out here". "It's what you do in the community, it's what you do out there", Tepper added. "And we have a lot of good guys".

"To me the markets are fairly valued if you don't have tariffs on China", "If you do, the question is how high the dollar will go", he said.

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