Former heavyweight boxing champ and current grill salesman George Foreman is praising President Donald Trump and denouncing the athletes who criticize him.
In an interview of the "Offended America" podcast, Foreman, 68, singled out Colin Kaepernick and Kevin Durant as being unpatriotic, reports the Daily Mail.
"I love the United States," Foreman said. "They haven't been brought up with people who were patriotic," he said, referring to Kaepernick and Durant. "A lot of people died so that they can have that privilege."
Durant recently said he would not go to the White House if the NBA champion team Golden State Warriors are invited. "I don't respect who's in office right now," he explained.
The upsurge in protests among professional athletes was sparked in 2016 when Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem -- a practice which he and others have continued.
"We came in the era we were patriotic," said Foreman of his generation of athletes. "The greatest day of my life was when I put on the colors, representing the United States," he said, referencing his participation in the Olympics.
Foreman has been a Trump fan ever since Trump helped him out of bankruptcy by sponsoring a Pay-Per-View fight in 1991.
He is "a good president," Foreman declared in the podcast.
Earlier in 2017, Foreman offered the president some advice on how to deal with his critics. "In something like this, you just have to fight. You can't even worry about the audience," Foreman said in an interview with The Sporting News. "When you're in the ring you don't listen to anything, you must step forward and fight. Fight!"
In the boxing ring, Foreman's most famous fight was for a losing cause, as recounted by Newsday.
On Oct. 30, 1974, he fought Muhammad Ali in Kinshasa, Zaire -- now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo -- in a match promoted as "The Rumble in the Jungle."
At the time, Foreman was the young heavyweight champ, with a 40-0 record, including 37 knockouts. Ali, the former champ, was considered a has-been.
But Ali employed his now-famous "rope-a-dope" defensive strategy of leaning against the ropes, while letting Foreman punch him relentlessly. Eventually Ali went on the attack, knocking out the exhausted Foreman and reclaiming the title of heavyweight champion.
"I was over-confident when I fought him," Foreman explained in an 2012 interview with ShortList magazine. "I'd gone through fighters who'd beaten him, such as Joe Frazier and Kenny Norton … I thought he was just one more knockout victim until, about the seventh round, I hit him hard to the jaw and he held me and whispered in my ear: 'That all you got, George?' I realized that this ain't what I thought it was."