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: