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Mark Cuban on Trump NFL tweets: 'The president should read a book' instead

  • Billionaire investor Mark Cuban says President Trump will likely not apologize for his comments on NFL protests.
  • "The president is not going to apologize. Are you kidding me? The president should read a book," the owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks tells CNBC.
  • "Instead of getting on his phone and tweeting, just read a book. You know, just chill," he adds.
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Mark Cuban

Billionaire investor Mark Cuban said Monday that President Donald Trump should read a book instead of tweeting scorn at NFL players who protest during the playing of the national anthem.

"The president is not going to apologize. Are you kidding me?" Cuban said on CNBC.

"Instead of getting on his phone and tweeting, just read a book. You know, just chill," the owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks added in a "Squawk on the Street" interview. "I know that's crazy to say about our president."

High-profile sports figures said Trump should apologize for calling protesting NFL players "son of a bitch" at a rally in Alabama on Friday.

In the interview Monday, Cuban said Trump should have said nothing about NFL players protesting during the national anthem. He also said the league has always been involved in politics at some level.

Cuban supported Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. Cuban has criticized Trump over issues and Trump has blasted Cuban likewise.

The uproar started when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem last season to protest the treatment of African-Americans in the United States. He is no longer in the NFL.

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