President Donald Trump trash talked former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during his Louisville, Kentucky rally on Monday.
He told the crowd at the Kentucky Exposition Center that NFL owners are weary to sign the Black Lives Matter supporter because they fear a Trump tweet.
'Your San Francisco quarterback, I'm sure nobody ever heard of him,' said President Trump to the crowd who booed in response.
'I'm just reporting the news': President Trump brought up a story that said NFL owners were weary about signing Colin Kaepernick because they feared a Trump tweet
'I'm just reporting the news,' said the president about Kaepernick who famously took a knee during the national anthem last season.
The quarterback started protesting in August in response to the unjust deaths of black men and women. On March 7, Kaepernick left the San Francisco 49ers to become a free agent and has yet to be signed.
When Kaepernick opted out of his contract, he said he would stop kneeling during the national anthem.
Trump continued: 'There was an article today - I love to report the news and then they say I made a mistake - I say "no the people reporting the news made a mistake if it's wrong."'
'But there was an article today, it was reported, that NFL owners don't want to pick him up because they don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.'
Colin Kaepernick became a free agent last week after playing for the 49ers. He famously took a knee during the national anthem to protest the unjust killing of black men and women
Trump supporters cheer as the President speaks at a rally at the Kentucky Exposition Center
'I just saw that. I said "if I remember that one I'm going to report it to the people of Kentucky because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag."'
The crowd full of thousands of Trump supporters cheered.
Trump was referring to a widely circulated report from Bleacher Report about an anonymous AFC coach who conveyed the owners' concerns.
However, they said tweet fears are only 20 percent of the reason most coaches didn't want to sign Kaepernick.
The coach told Bleacher Report: 'Some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or [President Donald] Trump will tweet about the team. I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Then there's another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.'
Another 20 percent don't think Kaepernick is a good quarterback and the rest don't want him because they personally disagree with his kneeling protest.
In his short time as a free agent, Kaepernick has been doing humanitarian work by sending food to famine-endangered Somalia according to the NFL.