"He served his term," Player told us at LAX ... "When a man has served his term, he must be forgiven. He must go ahead now and live his life."
The 81-year-old hall of famer also doesn't understand why people have been blowing off golf outings with President Donald Trump ... saying golf should NOT be about political views.
That said ... there is one guy Player says he wouldn't invite out to the links. Wait'll you see where Gary draws the line.