Back in October, about 30 NFL players, owners, and league officials held a secret meeting to discuss player protests, and PRESIDENT TRUMP’s bashing of the league for letting them continue.

The New York Times got a hold of audio from that meeting, and from what they revealed, it sounds like the players were concerned about COLIN KAEPERNICK.

CHRIS LONG of the Philadelphia Eagles said all the players agreed that Colin should have a job . . . and he added, quote, “If he was on a roster right now, all this negativeness and divisiveness could be turned into a positive.”

ERIC REID, a former teammate who actually knelt beside Kaepernick, said, quote, “I feel like he was hung out to dry.  Nobody stepped up and said we support Colin’s right to do this.

“We all let him become Public Enemy Number 1 in this country, and he still doesn’t have a job.”

But the owners were more concerned with Trump, and how the whole thing was affecting the league’s bottom line.

Patriots owner ROBERT KRAFT . . . a Trump SUPPORTER . . . said, quote, “The problem we have is, we have a president who will use that as fodder to do his mission that I don’t feel is in the best interests of America.  It’s divisive and it’s horrible.”

Houston Texans owner BOB MCNAIR was pretty clear about wanting the players to stop kneeling.

He said, quote, “You fellas need to ask your compadres, fellas, stop that other business, let’s go out and do something that really produces positive results, and we’ll help you.”

Buffalo Bills owner TERRY PEGULA had an interesting solution.  Quote, “For years we’ve watched the National Rifle Association use Charlton Heston as a figurehead.  We need a spokesman.”

And, of course, they’d want him to be black.

(If you hit a paywall at the “New York Times”, check out some highlights from the article here.)