Joe Maddon clarified a statement he made Saturday about the controversy pitting President Trump against protesting athletes, saying he was unaware of Trump’s reference to NFL players as "S.O.B.’s." “I had no idea what he said,” Maddon said Sunday before the Cubs-Brewers game at Miller Park. “I mean, how would I? I had no idea what was said prior to asking me that question. "So my response was typical: Always respect the office and the White House and the seat of the presidency, like I said before when we attended (a ceremony with Trump). That was what my response was all about. It had nothing to do with the situation.” Maddon drew some criticism for a comment he made immediately after Saturday’s 10-inning loss to the Brewers. “It’s dangerous when folks in our country stop respecting the White House and the seat of the president,” he told the Sun-Times. “It’s not a good situation. With all due respect to everybody, I just believe that we need to get our acts together collectively, all of us.” The story said “Maddon weighed in again on the topic,” but Maddon said he was just responding to a question and had “no idea it was in that context” of Trump’s remarks. Maddon's comment was perceived by some as shot at the professional athletes criticizing Trump after the comments, including LeBron James, who called Trump a “bum” on Twitter, and the Warriors’ Steph Curry.
Maddon clarifies view on athlete protests: Everyone has 'right to express themselves'
Chicago Tribune | Sep 24