Boxing legend George Foreman has had about enough of the disrespect of the United States he’s seeing in some professional athletes, particularly Colin Kaepernick and Kevin Durant.
In an interview on the Offended America Podcast on Monday (audio below), the 68-year-old former world heavyweight boxing champion blasted the national anthem protests and shunning of the White House by the likes of Kaepernick and Durant, suggesting they were born out of ignorance about just how privileged we are to live in this great country.
“The greatest day of my life was when I put on my colors, representing the United States in the Olympics,” said Foreman, who won the gold for the U.S. in 1968. “I love the United States. I love the flag. But there are a lot of people who haven’t found that reason. They don’t strive. They haven’t been brought up with people who were patriotic to even point them in the right direction.”
“A lot of people died so that they can have that privilege” to take a knee during the National Anthem, said Foreman.
As for Durant’s announcement that he would not attend the White House if his Golden State Warriors are invited because he doesn’t “respect who’s in office right now,” Foreman said he and the others protesting Trump were just “sore losers.”
In the interview, Foreman also praised Donald Trump, who played a pivotal role in his personal comeback at age 42, helping to fund and promote his match with another boxing great, Evander Holyfield. Before the fight, Foreman said he was “broke … bankrupt.” But Trump, he said, helped save him financially.
“He’s part of writing those checks so I could be back on the wealthy side again,” said Foreman.
Here’s the audio: