Twitter users threw a flurry of penalty flags after a negative comment about football by President Barack Obama.
In an interview with The New Republic
, Obama made mention that he was a big football fan. But if he were to have a son, Obama said, he would "think long and hard before I let him play football."
The presidential hesitation stemmed from the growing concern of head trauma incurred when playing football.
Obama went on to say that he, like other football fans, has "to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence. In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won't have to examine our consciences quite as much."
Some were concerned that the game could change because of Obama's comments.
Others thought the comments were misdirected.
Elsewhere, at a press conference Sunday, Jim Harbaugh was asked about Obama's comments.
"If President Obama feels that way, then there will be a little less competition for Jack Harbaugh when he gets older,” Harbaugh said, referencing his 4-month-old son. ”That’s the first thing that jumps into my mind, if other parents are thinking that way.”
A reporter later asked the 40-time of Harbaugh's kid (the amount of time it takes to run the 40-yard dash).
“We don’t have a time on him yet, but his wingspan is a plus one,” he said. “As soon as he grows into that head he’s going to be something. It’s early, but expectations are high for young Jack.”
Again, Twitter users were incensed over the comments, sure that Harbaugh must be attacking Obama's politics.
Others just found the entire thing hilarious.
The 49ers plays the Baltimore Ravens in this year's Super Bowl on Sunday.
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