Steven Seagal’s Harsh Words for NFL National Anthem Kneelers

'Under Siege' star rips into the protesting football players — says they're disrespecting the country and holding people 'hostage'

by Zachary Leeman | 27 Sep 2017 at 5:01 PM

Action star Steven Seagal is not too happy about seeing kneeling athletes during NFL football games.

The 65-year-old actor was asked about the recent protests in a Wednesday interview on “Good Morning Britain.”

“I believe in free speech. I believe that everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but I don’t agree that they should hold the United States of America or the world hostage by taking a venue where people are tuning in to watch a football game and … imposing their political views,” Seagal said.

The “Under Siege” star went on to call the protests “outrageous” and “disgusting” and to slam the players that are taking part in them.

“I think it’s outrageous,” he said. “I think it’s a joke. It’s disgusting. I respect the American flag. I myself have risked my life countless times for the American flag, and I don’t understand or agree with this kind of behavior. I think it’s an outrage.”

"I think it’s a joke. It’s disgusting. I respect the American flag."

The "risked my life" comment likely refers to Seagal's time spent as a reserve deputy sheriff in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He has trained officers there; some of his time on duty was filmed for the reality series "Steven Seagal: Lawman." Seagal also reportedly worked in Arizona with former Maricopa County Sheriff Jeff Arpaio.

Seagal, a dual American and Russian citizen and personal friend of Vladimir Putin, was also asked about claims that Russia “hacked” the 2016 presidential election and influenced the results.

“For anyone to think that Vladimir Putin had anything to do with fixing the elections, or even that the Russians have that kind of technology, is stupid,” the actor said.

He added that claims of election tampering were “astronomical propaganda.”

The action star said the United States and Russia should be "great allies" and that claims about the election are preventing that from happening.

Seagal also took time to stand up for President Donald Trump. “We have these Democrats that have this whole other agenda to kind of — when I say Democrats, it’s not just the Democrats — but there are this whole group of leftover Obama-ites and people that feel they should ... overthrow Trump,” the actor said.

He added, “Any decisions he makes, anything that he tries to do, he gets blocked so often from the … enemies within, so it’s very difficult for him to do anything.”

(photo credit, homepage and article images: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)

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