Sunday, the day of the Super Bowl, Donald Trump acknowledged that it would be "hard" to see his youngest son, Barron, play football, because of the violence of the sport.
"But would I push him to that?"
In an interview broadcast on CBS just hours away from the Los Angeles Rams 'New York Patriots' championship final, the president was asked whether he would leave his son Barron, 12 years, play this ultra popular sport in the United States, but increasingly criticized because of his violence and concussions suffered by the players. "It's a very good question, it's very hard as a question, if he wanted to, yes, but would I push him to that?" No, "said the US president.
Donald Trump, a big fan of American football, regularly criticizes the NFL, accuses it of not being severe with the players who kneel during the national anthem to protest the police brutality blacks are victims of, rejoices also decreases audience on TV.
"It's a dangerous sport"
But beyond the political aspect, the NFL is regularly criticized for its management of cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, diagnosed in hundreds of former players and associated with the repetition of shocks to the head. "It's a dangerous sport, it's really hard, I thought the players equipment would improve, and it's the case, the helmets are much better but that did not solve the problem," judged Donald Trump Sunday.
Barron Trump has turned to another sport: soccer. "A lot of people, including me, thought that football would never work in our country, but it's happening quickly," he says in a rare tribute in the mouth of an American president at "soccer". Moreover, the United States will host the World in 2026.