The 2016 Election is tearing apart relationships on social media and in real life. However, in the gilded halls of the NFL, it seems that the election–and in particular Donald Trump–is wrecking friendships on the teams.
In April, Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan surprised political and sports reporters alike by endorsing Trump in the primary season, introducing him at a Buffalo Trump rally.
“There’s so many things I admire about Mr. Trump, but one thing I really admire about him is, you know what, he’ll say what’s on his mind,” Ryan said, saying that most Americans don’t have the courage to speak up about what they think.
Well, apparently some of those Americans are on his football team. Speaking anonymously to reporters, out of fear of reprisal, members of the Buffalo Bills organization have a problem with him supporting Trump.
“Some of the African-American players on the team weren’t happy about Rex doing that,” one player told Bleacher Report. He praised Ryan, saying his coach was a good man, but in seeing him support Trump, he was shocked.
“I see Trump as someone who is hostile to people of color, and the fact that Rex supports him made me look at him completely differently, and not in a positive way,” another player said.
Amazingly, Richie Incognito–famous outside of sports circles for his bullying of a black teammate including using racial slurs–is also a proud Trump supporter. He says he believes Trump can help America become a “superpower” again*.
“Where I think he could help is putting us first again and having that—it’s my mentality, too—having that tough attitude where you put America first and everyone’s thinking we’re the greatest nation in the world. Don’t mess with America,” he said according to the Buffalo News.
Bleacher Report did an unscientific straw poll of 43 NFL players, with 20 of 22 black players supporting Clinton and 21 of 21 white players supporting Trump, along with two of the black players.
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*Author’s Note: Actually, America is probably the world’s only remaining superpower, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.