It was Trump’s undying need to get into the NFL that drove the billionaire to buy his way into the upstart league in the ’80s, the author said. But the big league wasn’t a fan.

“They just saw him as this scumbag huckster,” Pearlman told Newsweek. “He was this New York, fast-talking, kind of con-man.”

Trump wanted to be an NFL team owner, but they thought he was a ‘scumbag huckster’

President Donald Trump’s war with the NFL is big news these days, but he’s been waging battles with the league for decades-when he hasn’t been trying to woo it. Over the weekend and into Monday, Trump has railed against NFL players who have chosen to kneel during the national anthem to protest oppression of African-Americans in the U.S.