Trump's attacks on NFL protesters 'pile of bull-dinky,' Panthers owner says

While many NFL owners have tiptoed around the issue of players taking a knee during the national anthem, new Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper just stepped right in.

During an interview with CNBC at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Tepper blasted President Donald Trump and other critics on Thursday for vilifying players who are kneeling to protest racial injustice. 

It’s the biggest pile of bull-dinky ever,” Tepper said. “These are some of the most patriotic people and best people. These are great young men. So to say that ... It just makes me so aggravated and angry. .. It’s just dead wrong.”

Tepper cited the players’ off-the-field community work as an example of their patriotism and said the NFL could better promote their pay-it-forward acts.

“You’ve got a lot of people that do a lot of good things,” he said. “So I think maybe the league could do more, maybe they can, maybe they can’t, saying how much good the players do. ... Get that message out more.”

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David Tepper, founder of Appaloosa Management, speaks during the Ira Sohn Investment Research Conference in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. The event is was sponsored by The Ira Sohn Research Conference Foundation which is 'dedicated to the treatment and cure of pediatric cancer and other childhood diseases.' Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
David Alan Tepper, president of Appaloosa Management LP, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Tepper discussed U.S. stocks, the bond market and his investments in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 15: David Tepper, president of Appaloosa Management and a minority owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, looks on from the sideline before a National Football League game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 15, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 30-20. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
CNBC NEWS-- Pictured: David Tepper, Appaloosa Management Founder, at the 20th Annual Sohn Investment Conference in New York City on May 4, 2015 -- (Photo by: Adam Jeffery/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 20: Nicole Bronish, David Tepper, Casey Tepper and Ross Gordon attend the Apollo in the Hamptons 2016 party at The Creeks on August 20, 2016 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
David Tepper, founder of Apploosa Management, speaks during the Sohn Investment Conference in New York May 4, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
David Tepper, founder of Apploosa Management, speaks during the Sohn Investment Conference in New York May 4, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Trump has consistently cast demonstrating players as unpatriotic and has even called for them to be fired. “If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!” he tweeted Sunday.

Although Tepper didn’t call out the president by name, he referred to the “red-headed guy in D.C. that likes to talk about it.” 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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