NFL Legend Fran Tarkenton: Trump Boycotters Are Stupid. ‘Nobody Boycotted Obama ‘Cause He’s Black’

by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | December 5, 2016 4:26 pm

Fran Tarkenton is not only[1] an NFL legend, he’s a HUGE fan of Donald Trump. TMZ caught up with him in New York and asked him about athletes who say they won’t go to the White House if invited because Donald Trump is now President. He bluntly called them stupid and disrespectful and I agree. Trump is the President now, have some respect and some integrity. We support our President. I don’t remember anyone pulling this when Barack Obama was elected. In fact, there was a waiting list to go to White House parties. Iman Shumpert is showing a total lack of class for saying he would not go. And I’m disappointed in Lebron James as well… he’s still on the fence about it. It should be a no-brainer.

Anytime a sitting President invites you to the White House, it is an honor. Even for those that are already famous in their own right. And frankly, sports figures have become too much a part of the news and political cycles. This goes to honoring the leader of your country that was selected by a majority of your fellow Americans. For eight long years, we suffered under the Marxist boot of Barack Obama. But we didn’t revolt and most showed deference to him as the President. Donald J. Trump deserves the same respect and all this boycotting is just moronic.


From TMZ Sports:

NFL great Fran Tarkenton[3] says athletes who turn down an invitation to Trump[4]‘s White House are “disrespectful” and “stupid” … adding, “Nobody boycotted Obama ’cause he’s black, did they?”

Tarkenton — a self-described “huge Trump guy” — was out in NYC when we asked his thoughts on NBA star Iman Shumpert[5] saying he’d turn down an invite to 1600 Penn. if the Cavs won the championship during Trump’s presidency.

Shumpert’s comments[6]┬ácame in the wake of LeBron James saying he’s on the fence about the idea.

Tarkenton was OUTRAGED — saying athletes should show the same level of respect to Trump they showed for Obama … despite their personal feelings.

“If a President of the United States, our #1 guy, invites you to the [White House] and you’re gonna boycott it? Because why? It’s stupid.”

“Nobody boycotted Obama because he’s black did they? No. They all went there because he was our president. And you respect our president. No matter whether you’re for him or not.”

Fran Tarkenton also said that he believes a businessman can fix much of what is wrong with the country. I hope he’s right. Trump did save 1,000 Carrier jobs… although the way he did it was less than optimum to say the least. He hasn’t even taken office and the attacks against him are non-stop by the Left and the media. I think a man should be judged by his actions and that Trump deserves a chance to prove himself. That’s what they do in sports right? You prove yourself in the game or you are gone. Politics is much the same, or at least it should be.

In the end, Trump may surprise everyone. But in the meantime, people should not be mouthing off about disrespecting the President of the United States. Chances are the ones doing that would never be invited anyway, so they are just trying to put themselves in the headlines. Fran Tarkenton got this right and his response was perfect.

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