Trump takes swipe at NFL QB Kaepernick during speech in Kentucky
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Tank Carradine (95), leave the field at the end of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP Photo)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, March 21, 2017 7:27AM EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at controversial NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick at a campaign-style rally in Louisville, Kentucky.
Kaepernick, who played for the San Francisco 49ers but now is a free agent, hasn't yet been signed to another team.
Trump told the crowd he read an article reporting that NFL owners don't want to pick Kaepernick up "because they don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump."
"Do you believe that?" he asked the enthusiastic crowd.
Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem at the start of NFL games last season to protest police treatment of minorities.
Trump says of the people of Kentucky, "They like it when people actually stand for the American flag."