Los Angeles, CA – Nelly has proven his capabilities as a person who knows sports in times past and offered some of his measured opinion regarding the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The St. Louis rapper shared his insight on the protests by several Pats players to forgo the traditional visit to the White House in protest of President Donald Trump and his administration’s policies.
The 42-year-old artist was on Fox Sports 1’s Skip and Shannon: Undisputed show and weighed in on the controversial stances taken by Martellus Bennett, Alan Branch, LaGarrette Blount, Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, and Devin McCourty. Nelly believes that this is just the start of similar protests to take place across the professional sports universe.
“This is the beginning,” Nelly said. “This is gonna get a lot worse before it gets better anytime soon and I’m talking all the way across the board. Now you have to look at all the major sports franchises and how this is going to play out. You have to look at the demographics on a lot of the sports franchises.”
Nelly added, “You go to [the] NHL, you go to the MLB. It’s a lot of Latin players in the MLB. How does [Trump’s administration] play with the global branding of the MLB? How does it go with the global branding for any sports franchise?”
After host Shannon Sharpe quipped that players in the NBA could be affected by the ban, Nelly retorted by saying because of the league’s largely black makeup, players who’ve won the NBA championship would also forgo the tradition of visiting the president in Washington.
Watch the full interview in the clip above.