Another former football player has come out against athletes who kneel for the national anthem.
Former NFL running back Herschel Walker told TMZ that he does not agree with football players who protest during games. He also stated that the NFL should prohibit players from kneeling during the national anthem, according to the Washington Times.
According to The Washington Times, the former football player had some stern words for athletes who choose to protest police brutality by disrespecting the flag and national anthem. “One of the things I want to say about the protests, where was everyone before the season started? He said. “I didn’t see anyone protesting in front of the White House, protesting in front of the Congress or protesting in front of police officers. Why did we wait ‘til football season started to start this again?”
It’s a good question. Most of these players have not been involved in the movement to stop police brutality. As a business owner, Walker said that he wouldn’t put up with his employees staging protests while they’re on the job.
He also told TMZ that he thinks NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should discourage players from using football games to protest. He said Goodell should “Step in and say, ‘Guys, we have advertisers, we have sponsors.”
While Walker does not agree with their method of protest, he does affirm the rights of the football players to express their political views. He just believes it should be done during the off-season. He said,
“Guys, during the off-season, if you want to go walk the picket line in front of Congress, I will be right there with you, because black lives do matter.”
Walker stated that he does not always agree with the way President Donald Trump delivers his messages, but he sees the president as his leader.
Walker is not the only former football player to speak out against those who protest by kneeling for the national anthem and the flag. Earlier this year, former football legend and civil rights icon Jim Brown also spoke out against Colin Kaepernick’s protest.
Brown told The Post Game that he agrees with Kaepernick’s cause, but he doesn’t agree with the way Kaepernick is going about expressing his views. “I’m going to give you the real deal: I’m an American,” he said. “I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I’m not gonna do anything against the flag and national anthem. I’m going to work within those situations. But this is my country, and I’ll work out the problems, but I’ll do it in an intelligent manner.”
Jim Brown, who is no stranger to being a civil rights leader, said that football players like Colin Kaepernick should argue his point in a way that makes people want to support him. He said,
“If you have a cause, I think you should organize it, present it in a manner where it’s not only you standing or sitting on one knee, but a lot of people that is gonna get behind each other and do something about it.”
He’s right. There are many Americans who agree with NFL players who are against police brutality. They see that there is a problem with the small number of police officers who mistreat black Americans.
However, these individuals will not be open to listening to a person who asks them to support his cause while insulting their country at the same time. Not only is kneeling for the flag disrespectful, it’s also an ineffective way to get people to rally to your cause.
Walker’s stance will be unpopular with many. Do you think he was in the right?
Hopefully, NFL players who are concerned about police brutality will find better ways to advocate for their cause. Only then will they be able to make a positive impact.