Actor Steven Seagal on Wednesday blasted National Football League (NFL) players who are kneeling in protest during the national anthem.
“I think it’s outrageous, I think it’s a joke, it’s disgusting,” he told ITV’s “Good Morning Britain.” “I respect the American flag.”
“I myself have risked my life countless times for the American flag and I don’t understand or agree with this kind of behavior,” Seagal added. “I think it’s an outrage.”
“I believe in free speech, I believe that everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but I don’t agree that they should hold the United States of America or the world hostage by taking a venue where people are tuning in to watch a football game and imposing their political views.”
Some Twitter users on Wednesday agreed with Seagal’s position on the controversial demonstrations, while others rejected his opinion.
I don't find Steven Segal's comments outrageous at all. I'm sure there's gold star mother's that don't either.— GoosePelican (@goosepelican) September 27, 2017
Seagal, who recently became a Russian citizen, also criticized America’s left-wing politicians for their treatment of President Trump.
“I think that we have a really unfortunate situation in the sense that even though he was democratically elected, there are so many people out there that don’t think that’s the case,” he said. “We have a ton of enemies within.”
“We have these Democrats that have this whole other agenda to kind of – when I say Democrats, it’s not just the Democrats, but there are this whole group of left of Obama-ites and people that feel they should overthrow Trump – and any decisions he makes, anything he tries to do, he gets blocked often from the enemies within, so it’s very difficult for him to do anything.”
Scores of NFL coaches, executives and players knelt during the anthem last weekend after Trump derided the gesture.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began performing the move in 2016 as a demonstration against America’s racial injustice.
Trump on Tuesday called the protests “disgraceful” while defending his recurring criticism of them.
“I wasn’t preoccupied with the NFL, I was ashamed with what’s taking place,” he said when asked about the phenomenon in Washington, D.C.
“I don’t think you can disrespect our country, our flag, our national anthem. To me, the NFL situation is a very important situation.”
We asked veterans how they really feel about the NFL anthem protests.