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Bobby Knight: I'd fire any player who didn't stand for the national anthem

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Bobby Knight: I'd fire any player who didn't stand for the national anthem

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Bobby Knight, one of the winningest college basketball coaches in history and now an unabashed supporter of Donald Trump, says that he wouldn't stand for his players not respecting the national anthem.

"I'm just a guy that really likes America," Knight told Circa.

"If I were the owner of that football team, and some guy on my team failed to stand for the national anthem of America, that guy would have been looking for another job in about 10 minutes." he added.

that guy would have been looking for another job in about ten minutes

For six years during the 1960s, Knight was the head coach of Army's men's basketball team at the United States Military Academy, also known as West Point.

Over a six-decade career, he earned a penchant for winning and losing his temper. Referees, coffee cups, and even folding chairs fell victim to his tirades.  

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San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Knight won a national championship as a player at Ohio State and won three national championships as the head coach of the University of Indiana. He also won a gold medal as the U.S. men's basketball team head coach in 1984.


Today, he's retired but is an outspoken supporter of the GOP presidential nominee.

"The thing that impresses me the absolute most about Donald Trump is his ability to get things straightened out," Knight said.

For Knight, this isn't about partisan politics. "I don't give a damn about the Republicans and I don't give a damn about the Democrats," he explained. "It's about solving the problems that America is confronting. Whoever our next president is going to be is going to inherit one hell of a lot of problems."

He spoke at a Trump rally on Wednesday in Toledo, Ohio.  

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