Even after the Jets linked arms in a sign of unity before Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley is still unpleased with President Donald Trump's rhetoric in regard to the NFL.
In an extended interview with NJ.com, Kerley criticized Trump, who called for players that knelt during the national anthem to be fired. Kerley tries not to listen to the president's words on the league, believing there are bigger issues than football.
"I don't think about the president," Kerley said. "I don't care about Trump. To me, Trump is not really my president. I don't look at Trump as my president. Trump is Trump. At the end of the day, the things that he says are kind of almost irrelevant to me. I don't really care to understand his point of view or what he's saying. Granted, a lot of his decisions have to deal with my kids or the things that they'll have to go through in their future. Luckily for me, I've kind of laid my way to where I can kind of weave through on certain things. I'm not financially hurting anymore."
Jets owner Woody Johnson endorsed Trump for president as far back as 2016 and was later named the United States ambassador to the United Kingdom earlier this year. Despite their political differences, Kerley said he has no personal problems with Johnson.
"I don't know if it's an opportunity for Woody or whatever it is," Kerley said. "So I can't really speak on it, but I have a lot of respect for Woody, just as a person and what I've seen for the last five, six years that I was here. Whatever his decision is, that's his decision. But I have direct issues with the president, not Woody."