Not to devolve into a political discussion, but remember that Alabama (the state) just had a nasty senate election. And, that Trump waded in to the muck of the National Anthem protests. If you are a black player that will connect with you differently than the stereotypical message board poster (ie, probably middle-class and white).
Trump’s choice in the GOP primary lost, but was rather extreme even by Alabama standards. And, the primary winner wound up being a cancerous candidate.
Those things impact players’ lives, too, even though for so many of us they are merely characters in the grand theater of football.
Humbly submitted, and with the effort to be politically neutral.
Whether it should have been said in the locker room or not (I go with not at all, no matter who he was speaking of), he has to be aware that when ESPN has a gazillion channels covering the event, there’s no private space. There’s bound to be a camera (whether it was ESPN’s or just somebody with a cell phone video) everywhere.