Titans Defensive End Jurrell Casey will Continue to Kneel During Anthem Despite New Policy
By Brandon Simmons
If anyone is wondering how the NFL players may react to the new national anthem rules, you could look no further than Tennessee Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey. According to Bleacher Report, the 3 time pro bowler says that not only will he continue his protest on the field, but is also prepared for any consequences that he may face.
“I’m going to take a fine this year, why not?” Casey told CNN. “I’m going to protest during the flag. That’s what I’m going to say now.”
It is a sentiment that some NFL critics have longed for, ever since the league adopted its new policy on the national anthem this offseason. In the policy, it states that all team and league personnel that are on the field during the national anthem, must stand and show respect to the flag, otherwise, disciplinary actions will be taken. It allows players the chance to remain in the locker room during the national anthem, but also gives teams the powers to make their own rules regarding the national anthem ceremony.
The protest during the national anthem, started when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a knee before a preseason game to protest police brutality against minorities. His actions gained a lot of notoriety form around the league as well as social commentators and media outlets around the world. After Kaepernick was cut in 2016, players continued to kneel, to the point that it caught the eye of President Donald Trump, who infamously told the NFL to “fire sons of bitches” who kneeled during the anthem. This brought on more controversy to the NFL’s doorstep and eventually led them to this unorthodox decision; a decision that Trump has blasted anyway. As Casey points out, this “solution” isn’t exactly popular with the players themselves.
“Around the NFL, guys are definitely not happy about it. I feel it’s not right, I don’t think it was a good decision for the NFL to come up with that ruling. But they have their reasons for what they’ve done.”
The NFL has been backed into a corner from both sides and it has costed them big time. While anti-kneeling fans are boycotting the NFL for such actions, pro-kneeling fans have boycotted because of the alleged blackballing of Kaepernick, who remains unsigned.
Casey is one of the only players who have spoken out intentions to go against the controversial rule set for this season. Right now, as training camp nears, a lot of people might overlook him saying this. However, once the season kicks off, then people will be able to see how serious Casey is about his actions and hopefully have the other players follow suit.
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