As Trump arrives in Atlanta for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Alabama head coach Nick Saban first responded to reports that Trump would be in attendance with a carefully-worded response that speaks volumes.
“You know, look, I have great respect for the office of the President of the United States, and it would be an honor, whoever was in that position, if they chose to come to see the College Football National Championship Game,” Saban said.
Notably absent is any mention of Trump himself, but rather – in a thinly-veiled commentary – Saban only alluded to “the office of the President of the United States.” The fact that he avoids the opportunity to refer to him by name, then, is telling.
This is not the first time that Saban has been thrust into the world of politics. During last month’s special election to fill Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat, Nick Saban’s name was written-in over 400 times. Alabamans ultimately chose Doug Jones to fill the seat over Republican Roy Moore, electing a Democrat for the first time in a quarter century.
Saban may have chosen his words carefully, but sometimes saying nothing actually says the most.