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Kraft says he’s ‘deeply disappointed’ by Trump’s remarks on NFL players

Patriots owner Robert Kraft on the sidelines before the game. on Sunday.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft on the sidelines before the game. on Sunday.(Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he’s “deeply disappointed by the tone” of President Trump’s comments about NFL players.

Trump in a speech on Friday said that NFL owners should fire players who disrespect the American flag, apparently referring to players who have knelt during the National Anthem as a protest. His remarks, which he added to later on Twitter, have sparked a firestorm of controversy.

Kraft is a long-time friend of Trump’s.

“I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the president’s comments on Friday,” Kraft said in a statement posted on the Patriots’ Twitter account.

“I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal,” he said.

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“Our players are intelligent, thoughtful, and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”