Conservative pundit and supporter of President Donald Trump, Ben Ferguson had a rough time on CNN Monday when he tried to claim that NFL owners and coaches don’t actually care about their players. He explained that their solidarity during Sunday’s games was fake because the owners and coaches don’t care about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
“The president was criticizing NFL owners saying ‘why don’t you do your job and actually protect this country and our flag and our veterans and stop being a league that allows people that beat their wives and beats their girlfriends, you help them cover it up for goodness sakes as owners.’ The owners are a flawed group in the NFL. This is a group of individuals that don’t even care about their own players when they have traumatic head injuries and help cover it up to win games. This is a league that will cover up any crime that has been committed if one of their players can help them win a game.”
The argument was quickly quashed by CNN host Poppy Harlow, who cited Trump’s full comments from his speech.
“Ben, go back and look at the transcript of the president’s remarks on Friday night and what the president said about, you know, ‘knocking their heads’ and concussions and it might change your argument a little bit.”
Harlow was correct, Trump alleged Friday that the focus on the head injuries has taken away from the game and things should go back to the way things were “back in the day.”
“Because you know today if you hit too hard—15 yards!” Trump exclaimed Friday during his Huntsville, Alabama speech. “Throw him out of the game! They had that last week. I watched for a couple of minutes. Two guys, just really beautiful tackle. Boom, 15 yards! The referee gets on television, his wife is sitting at home, she’s so proud of him. They’re ruining the game! They’re ruining the game. That’s what they want to do. They want to hit! It is hurting the game.”
Trump went on to say that it’s “not the same game anymore, anyway.”
Watch the full exchange below: