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Saints Coach Sean Payton on Trump: ‘I think we need a little bit more wisdom in that office’

After his New Orleans Saints upended the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Saints Coach Sean Payton shared his perspective on President Trump and recent comments he has made criticizing the NFL and protests during the national anthem. Before the game in Charlotte, players from the Saints and Panthers linked arms while the national anthem was performed, joining the league-wide demonstrations that also included many players kneeling and a few teams staying in the locker room during the anthem.

“I think we need a little bit more wisdom in that office,” Payton told a group of reporters. “That’s a little bit blunt, but that’s how I feel. I want that guy to be one of the smarter guys in the room, and it seems like every time he is opening his mouth it is something that’s dividing our country and not pulling us together.”

Here is a video of Payton sharing that comment, among others, after the game:

NFL anthem protests: Sunday brings a tidal wave of responses to President Trump

Sunday is seeing the strongest demonstrations yet by NFL players, directly responding to President Trump’s demand of NFL owners to “fire or suspend” players for protesting inequality and police brutality. Trump’s tweets brought comments from the league, the players’ association, stars such as Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, and even some longtime Trump backers, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and former coach/ESPN analyst Rex Ryan.

Here is some of our coverage so far, and stay tuned as we keep you updated throughout the day:

Trump demands NFL teams ‘fire or suspend’ players or risk fan boycott

Jaguars owner joins players in demonstration before London game

NFL players, including Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, weigh in

Patriots owner Robert Kraft ‘deeply disappointed by the tone’ of Trump’s NFL comments

Broncos’ Derek Wolfe says he stands during anthem for ‘the men who died in real battle’

London Fletcher: If I was still in the NFL, I would demonstrate

Jenkins: NFL shows restraint in the face of vulgarity — and gets it right

NFL owners, team presidents and chief executives react to President Trump’s comments

Donald Trump’s long, stormy and unrequited romance with the NFL

NFL Week 3: President Trump urges boycott over player protests, injury updates, scores, fantasy football tips

Trump turns sports into a political battleground with comments on NFL and Stephen Curry

Roger Goodell responds to Trump’s call to ‘fire’ NFL players protesting during national anthem

Group led by Dolphins owner wants to see every professional athlete registered to vote