Former action star Steven Seagal thinks NFL players who kneel during the national anthem are doing something "outrageous" and "disgusting." The martial arts master weighed in on the nation's biggest story in an interview Wednesday with Good Morning Britain.
“I believe in free speech, I believe that everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but I don’t agree that they should hold the United States of America or the world hostage by taking a venue where people are tuning in to watch a football game and imposing their political views,” he said.
“I think it’s outrageous, I think it’s a joke, it’s disgusting. I respect the American flag. I myself have risked my life countless times for the American flag and I don’t understand or agree with this kind of behavior. I think it’s an outrage."
Piers Morgan immediately pressed Seagal on the irony of his making himself out to be a patriot while sitting in Moscow, a city where he's emerged as one of America's most visible boosters of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
But that's not the half of it. Seagal is also a Russian citizen, an honor bestowed upon the state of Under Siege by Putin himself. “I would like to congratulate you, and I also hope that this small step will mark the beginning of the gradual improvement in our interstate relations," Putin told Seagal, apparently mistaking him for someone with power, clout or respect here in the U.S.
Seagal's close relationship with Putin resulted in a Twitter dragging for the guy who once shit his pants after getting choked out.