President Donald Trump has made a concerted effort to keep his youngest son, Barron, out of the media spotlight. But he made an exception on Super Bowl Sunday.
In a radio interview prior to the game with Jim Gray of Westwood One Sports, Trump sparked a bit of controversy when answering a question about his role as a parent or grandparent of a youngster who wanted to play football.
Gray asked Trump, “With all the head injuries and concussions a big concern now with football, would you allow your grandchildren and Barron to play if they wanted?”
Trump responded, “If they wanted, I would allow them to play, but I will say that they have to be very careful.”
“I would also leave it up to the young person in the family,” said Trump.
He added that parents not allowing their children to play football is an issue that threatens the future of the sport.
The president said he played some football while growing up. “It’s a rough game. It’s a tough game and there’s something really good about that in terms of competition and learning how to compete and win,” he said.
Trump’s admission that he would allow his son or grandchildren to play football is in direct contrast to the feelings of former President Obama.
In a 2014 interview, Obama stated, “I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you, if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football.”
Gray also questioned the president on the NFL Players Association’s fight to have medicinal marijuana legalized for use by the players.
“Would you support them in this fight?” asked Gray.
“Well I have no opinion on it,” Trump responded. “They’re going to have to take a look at that. They’re going to talk with the league. They’re going to be talking to, obviously, government officials …”
“When it comes up to the level of the presidency, I will have an opinion,” said Trump.
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