Dean Cain: NFL Should Suggest People to Trump for Pardon

By Melanie Arter | June 12, 2018 | 1:42pm EDT
Actor Dean Cain (Screenshot)

Actor Dean Cain told TMZ Sports that the NFL should take President Donald Trump up on his offer to consider pardons that the players suggest, saying, “I think it’s a great idea.”

When asked whether he thinks the NFL can come back with a giant stack of files for Trump to look at for potential pardons, Cain said, “For sure, if they got them, for sure. Absolutely!”


As previously reported, before leaving for Canada to attend the G7 summit, Trump said, “I am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me - because that’s what they’re protesting - people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system, and I understand that, and I’m going to ask them to recommend to me people that were unfairly treated - friends of theirs or people that they know about.

“And I’m going to take a look at those applications, and if I find and my committee finds that they were unfairly treated, then we will pardon them or at least let them out,” Trump said last week.

Cain suggested that NFL players should talk to the president. “The one thing they should go in there and do is talk though. The door is open. Go in, have a conversation with the man,” he said.

When asked whether the NFL came up with a good compromise for handling NFL players who kneeled during the National Anthem, Cain said, “The policy was as I understood it you had to be out on the field and stand originally, and they reinforced that."

Cain said he had no problem with people protesting. What he has a problem with is the place and method by which the NFL players were protesting, he said.

“I have no problem with people protesting. I have a problem with the place and method with which they protested, because so many of my friends have family members that fought and died for that flag and respect for it, so that’s why I don’t like to see that,” the “Superman” actor said.

Cain said issues like racial injustice and police brutality are “very valid” concerns.

“As far as racial injustice go and police brutality, I think it’s a very valid concern, and I think they should absolutely have the right to it. I just wish they’d find another place to do it other than on the football field,” he said.

When asked whether he thought people lost sight of the fact that Colin Kaepernick was kneeling during the National Anthem because of the justice system, Cain said, “Some people lost sight about what’s going on. Some people just want to do it to protest the president of the United States, which is kind of ridiculous.

“I don’t think that players like [Philadelphia Eagles player] Malcolm Jennings feel that way. I think he knows what he’s talking about, but I think some players, some people, certainly fans have forgotten what it’s supposed to be all about,” Cain added.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said in 2016 that he wouldn’t “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” Kaepernick told NFL media in August 2016.


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