Love agrees with Trump: Anthem not right time to protest, U.S. won't at Presidents Cup

As sports intersects with politics, many over the weekend in the NFL took a knee either before or during the playing of the national anthem to protest the way African-Americans have been treated in the United States. Because this week's Presidents Cup at Liberty National involves the United States, this will be of elevated interest in the early part of the week in the golf world.

In fact, U.S. captain Steve Stricker was asked about it on Tuesday in a press conference.

"We've had that discussion already," he told reporters. "None of my players want to do that. I just wanted to know what they wanted to do and how we wanted to proceed as a team. So we were going to do what we always do and that's take off our hat and put our hands across our chest and over our heart and respect the flag. So that's what we're planning on doing."

Assistant captain Davis Love III, who captained the United States to a Ryder Cup win last year, agreed with Stricker.

"There's a time for us to protest, and it really isn't during the national anthem," he told the Golf Channel. "We ought to take a break during the prayer or during the national anthem to thank our country, to thank our forefathers who went before us. And then we can protest with our votes, with our letters to our congressmen or however we want.

"But I think President Trump is right. There is a time for protest, and it probably isn't during the national anthem. Our country has fought hard for that right."

Trump, of course, has called for the firing of NFL players who don't stand for the anthem. 

It's not a surprise that the golf world and Trump's world have crossed paths. For starters, this story has infiltrated nearly every sport, and Trump has been a prominent figure in golf for a long time. His Trump National Doral course hosted a WGC event for a while before moving to Mexico, and a course of his in New Jersey hosted the U.S. Women's Open earlier this year.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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