Rush Limbaugh is uncomfortable with President Trump dictating behavior of NFL players

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WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh criticized President Trump and his ongoing feud with NFL players on his radio show Wednesday.

Limbaugh believes it is the NFL owners' job to control their employees, not the President. The radio show host says that players who kneel are disrespecting the flag and anthem and that their actions are affecting the league's business.

"And you can see what’s happening to TV numbers. You can see what’s happening to sales of tickets and memorabilia," Limbaugh said. "The NFL’s in a world of hurt right now, and it’s the people who play the game who are doing the primary damage: The players."

But Limbaugh isn't a fan of the President's approach to the issue.

"I am very uncomfortable with the president of the United States being able to dictate the behavior and power of anybody. That’s not where this should be coming from," Limbaugh said. "Trump is continually tweeting — I know what he’s doing, and I understand why he’s doing it, and his motives are pure; don’t misunderstand."

The host continued saying, "I don’t think that it is useful or helpful for any employee anywhere to be forced to do something because the government says they must. That scares hell out of me."

"This should come from the league, as it looks like Goodell wants it to. The owners should be demanding this, not the president. The commissioner should be demanding this, not the president," Limbaugh said.

During a rally in Alabama last month, President Trump called for NFL players to be fired from playing if they kneel.

Last Sunday, the Vice President attended a game between the 49ers and the Colts but left before the game started after witnessing players kneel as the anthem was being played.