Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon weighed in with his thoughts on the ongoing war of words between a group of professional athletes and President Donald Trump.
After the Cubs’ loss in Milwaukee, Maddon said that it’s “dangerous” to disrespect the White House and the office of the president.
“It’s dangerous when folks in our country stop respecting the White House and the seat of the president,” he said. “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 president made waves on Friday when he called for the firing of NFL players that kneel during the National Anthem, and he made even more headlines on Saturday when he rescinded his invitation to the Golden State Warriors after point guard Steph Curry criticized the president and indicated that he didn’t want the team to visit the White House following their championship.
Maddon and the Cubs visited the White House when former President Obama was still in office, and they visited again earlier this season when President Trump invited the team for a ceremony.
“When you get a chance as a citizen to go to the White House, you go,” Maddon said earlier this year when the team visited President Trump. “Whether you like the person that’s running the country or not, out of respect to the office itself, you go.”