After getting over the initial shock when President Trump asked him to play golf, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousin revealed the June outing was nothing out of the ordinary for the Commander in Chief.
“He was — how do you say it? — just a normal guy,” Cousins, 29, said in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated. “He was pretty easy to talk to. He was friendly, and frankly, he asked a lot of questions about the Redskins and my situation.”
Among the topics of discussion, Cousins’ future with the organization.
“‘How long have you been there?’ How long are you under contract?’” Cousins said “… I want to win football games first and foremost. But I also want to be enlightened and educated on issues and just keep an open mind, keep a listening ear. I constantly want to be learning, growing and better understanding things. And see where that takes us.”
Though Cousins continues to be critical of the NFL on and off social media.
“I’m just continuing to learn,” Cousins began, “Being white, I’ve said to the team: ‘I can’t pretend to understand. I am ignorant on this issue. I don’t know what it’s like to drive down the road and be pulled over simply because of the color of my skin. So why would I start to act as if I do?’ I’ve tried to listen and learn, and at the same time support my country that I love and am so grateful for. I have conversations with guys like [left tackle] Trent Williams, just walking off the field, asking for his perspective.”
On Monday, Trump blasted the league on Twitter, saying the NFL lacks leadership. The President has tried to push the league into making it mandatory for players to stand during the anthem.
Two dozen NFL players continue to kneel during the National Anthem, showing total disrespect to our Flag & Country. No leadership in NFL!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017
The tweet came five days after Wednesday’s NFL owners meeting, in which commissioner Roger Goodell said he hopes to reduce the number of players protesting to zero.