George Foreman is a former champion boxer and an entrepreneur ... and, in his words, a patriot.
Foreman appeared on a podcast Monday to speak out against former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant for what he says is a lack of patriotism.
On “Offended America” – a podcast run by Jacob Wahl, financial and political commentator, and Hunter Avallone, another political commentator who has hundreds of thousands of social media followers – Foreman takes aim at “young people” who he feels want to be like Muhammad Ali, widely considered the greatest boxer of all time who was also known for his activism.
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In a nearly eight-minute interview, he was first asked about athletes who don’t stand for the national anthem. (Foreman’s portion of the broadcast begins at 22:03.)
“A lot of us started doing things to get some attention so people would praise us, or hate us, or talk about us like they did Muhammad Ali. ... The ’60s started the trend,” Foreman said.
But today, it’s just guys with money wanting to be heard, he says.
“The young man who didn’t want to stand (for) the national anthem, a lot of (Americans) died in war so that they could have that privilege,” Foreman said on Kaepernick.
What if boxers in Foreman’s era protested the flag?
“The greatest day of my life was when I put on the colors, representing the United States in the Olympics,” Foreman said, before adding, “I love the United States and I love the flag.”
Although he feels the point today’s athletes are trying to make needs to be respected, he questions their patriotism. “They haven’t been brought up with people who were patriotic to even point them in the right direction.”
Foreman later calls Durant a “sore loser” for saying he won’t meet President Donald Trump at the White House with his Warriors teammates. He shares a similar story when President Richard Nixon was in office and he refused an invitation.
Late in the interview, he calls Trump – a man he says helped him financially in years past – “a good president.”
“A lot of people don’t like him, but evidently more do because he was elected president of the United States,” Foreman said.
He makes a statement about today’s athletes toward the end of the call.
“Don’t take offense to the young people. ... One thing about young is you just say anything and do anything, then you get old and say, ‘I wish I hadn’t said that.’ ”