UPDATED 2:00 PM PT – Thursday, August 27, 2020
President Trump has criticized the latest politicization of the NBA amid ongoing far-left riots in Wisconsin. On Thursday, the president told reporters the NBA has become a political organization due to its latest endorsement of the “Black Lives Matter” riots.
He has suggested political statements aren’t good for sports in this country.
The president pointed out the NBA recently faced a drop in TV ratings, partly due to an increase in its political statements.
“I don’t know about the NBA protest. I know their ratings have been very bad, because I think people are tired of the NBA, frankly. I don’t know too much about the protest, but I know their ratings have been very bad and that’s unfortunate. They’ve become a political organization and that’s not a good thing for sports or the country.”
– Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States
President Trump: “I don’t know much about the NBA protests — I know their ratings have been very bad.” pic.twitter.com/fO8zXm6R5Y
— The Hill (@thehill) August 27, 2020
The NBA has since said it will resume its playoff games, despite harsh criticism of the president by several players.