Throughout his career, Donald Trump has maintained a strange, rocky relationship with the world of professional sports.
Of course, the most recent bump in that road came when Trump dismissed footage that showed him boasting about acts of sexual assault as simple boys-will-be-boys "locker room talk."
Shortly thereafter, his explanation got posterized by one of the most famous athletes on the planet:
Yes, LeBron set Trump straight on "locker room talk," but he’s not the the athlete that Trump has chosen to lash out at today.
No, rather than going one-on-one with King James, Trump has decided it would be a good idea to take on the entire National Football League!
Speaking at a rally in Lakeland Florida yesterday, Trump had this to say about a woman who passed out at one of his rallies, but made it back to the crowd in time for the sieg heils:
“The woman was out cold, and now she’s coming back,” Trump tells his supporters in the clip above.
“See? We don’t go by these new and very much softer NFL rules. Concussion, oh! Oh! Got a little ding on the head, no, no, you can’t play for the rest of the season. Our people are tough.”
On the list of ridiculous things Donald Trump has said in recent weeks, this comment doesn’t even make the top 100.
Hell, it’s not even the most shocking football-related Trump news of the day.
That honor would go to the revelation that Trump wanted O.J. Simpson to be on Celebrity Apprentice.
But it’s still an idiotic statement that deserves to be called out for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that brain injuries kill, and CTE has been known to destroy families and ruined young lives.
Trump’s attitudes is the kind of thinking that leads to players hiding the symptoms of concussions, and he’s reportedly being slammed by Roger Goodell and others within the league today for his idiotic remarks.
Of course, if you’ve read The Art of the Deal, or you’re just a fan of failed sports leagues, you know that this isn’t the first time that the Donald has gone toe-to-toe with the NFL.
From 1983 to 1985 Trump was the on and off owner (like everything with Trump, it’s a long story) of the USFL’s New Jersey Generals.
It was Trump’s idea to go all in on an antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, which eventually bankrupted the USFL and forced the league to fold.
These days, of course, Trump is seeking to play a higher-stakes game, in which he’ll be speaking much more literally when he encourages his generals to start throwing bombs.
Fortunately, to extend a tortured football metaphor a bit further, if this election were a game, Team Trump would currently be down by 14 and pinned to its own goal line at the two-minute warning.