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Doug Pederson says he’d join if Eagles link arms during anthem

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson talks to the media prior to practice at NFL football training camp, Sunday, July 31, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola) AP

As the Eagles plan a demonstration during the national anthem before Monday night’s game, their coach is fully on board.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson said today that he’ll join in if all of his players link arms as a unified team, as the Seahawks did last week.

“If it was team-wide, if they wanted to do something team-wide, I’d definitely be for that,” Pederson said. “I think it shows unity and there’s no division that way, and I think it sends a great message that from our standpoint, the National Football League and the platform and the individuals, we love this country and what it represents and the flag and the national anthem and everything. Listen, we’re not perfect, obviously, and for us to stand united that way, I’d go for that.”

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said he and his teammates have been discussing a demonstration “to push for the conversation about social injustice.” Jenkins said they chose not to make any statement during the anthem last week because they did not want their statement to be misinterpreted on 9/11.

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  1. balt88 says: Sep 17, 2016 1:58 PM

    Oh this aught to go over well in Philly…

  2. tjacks7 says: Sep 17, 2016 2:03 PM

    Well, the search is over for the dumbest NFL team.

  3. billymutt says: Sep 17, 2016 2:03 PM

    So precious.

  4. jimjets says: Sep 17, 2016 2:04 PM

    is Doug smart enough to realize the whole thing is to point out the senseless and completely unwarranted brutality and murder of black men by police?

    Or does he think he’s standing up for “the flag”?

  5. nomargarciaparra says: Sep 17, 2016 2:04 PM

    Eagles fans, don’t forget your D batteries this Sunday

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 17, 2016 2:05 PM

    Doug will take time from his furnace repair work to participate in a demonstration.

    “Doug has taken care of our furnace for years, he is the last person we expected this from.”.

  7. jasons81 says: Sep 17, 2016 2:08 PM

    Imagine Vince Lombardi joining in on something like this… you can’t.

    I don’t care what you statement or agenda is, there is plenty of other time to express yourself… especially with the advent of social media… the few seconds the national anthem is playing is not the time.

    All this BS is starting to make me not like pro football anymore.

  8. marima07 says: Sep 17, 2016 2:09 PM

    now it’s all about performance art

  9. jackedupboonie says: Sep 17, 2016 2:14 PM

    This is so much fun….it’s the new deflate gate now that Tommy finally took his ball and went home.

  10. surfinbird1 says: Sep 17, 2016 2:15 PM

    This whole thing is getting out of hand. Stop going to the games people. Let these guys find work other than making millions running around with a ball. How on earth do they get to do this in the workplace.

  11. cuda1234 says: Sep 17, 2016 2:17 PM

    I like Pederson but I hope that would get him fired.

  12. tonebones says: Sep 17, 2016 2:19 PM

    Philly is where the American Revolution started!

  13. arvinkp says: Sep 17, 2016 2:19 PM

    I have no issue with dememstrations to raised awareness for social awareness, but never while you are wearing your employers uniforn, and NEVER while you’re on the clock.

  14. mongo3401 says: Sep 17, 2016 2:21 PM

    Complete with an organ grinder

  15. Southpaw says: Sep 17, 2016 2:24 PM

    In the NFL… protesting against America… is a team-building exercise…

    This is the league with HOW MANY white RBs and CBs?

  16. Johnny says: Sep 17, 2016 2:27 PM

    Athletes have to remember that they are at their workplace. they should be acting as model employees not pushing personal agendas. They have the capacity to protest outside of the capacity of their job.

  17. norseyapper says: Sep 17, 2016 2:28 PM

    Meaningless and cowardly. Let’s see them do the same at a home game. It would still be a meaningless gesture but at least at least they would have to face their fans.

  18. abninf says: Sep 17, 2016 2:28 PM

    “push for the conversation about social injustice.”
    =================================

    When people say they want to “have a conversation” that means they want to lecture you on the correct way to think.

    We’ve been conversing about this since the Beer Summit. Stop the madness.

  19. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 17, 2016 2:29 PM

    So proud of this head coach. I hope these players keep demonstrating while the brain washed baby boomers who oppose this sort of nonsense continue to be up an arms over a song which they couldn’t even tell you what it originally represented and why it was invented in the first place.

  20. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 17, 2016 2:31 PM

    You couldn’t pay me to stand for that disgusting song.

  21. puckskin says: Sep 17, 2016 2:33 PM

    Just ignore the shooting spree by a black supremacist preying on police officers last night in Philly. I’m sick of this cherry picking activism.

  22. mazenblue says: Sep 17, 2016 2:42 PM

    These are athletes. They are a bunch of nothings. I am not mad at anything they do when they arent raping and illaging. They are a bunch of nothings. They cant even change a tire, or mow a lawn, or put duct tape on a cracked window for the night till tomorrow. Most have no place in this world but to play football.

  23. randalpnaditch says: Sep 17, 2016 2:43 PM

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually am not going to watch the game.

  24. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Sep 17, 2016 2:43 PM

    Ever since these high profile (NFL) demonstrations have been going on, I haven’t seen a single youtube video of a “questionable” shooting by a cop. So maybe the demonstrations are working to cause any trigger happy police out there to check themselves before winding up on a bigger stage than they bargained for.

    When the next video does surface, the demonstrations will escalate. The people who don’t want to acknowledge injustice can’t win this battle.

  25. thehatefulnerd says: Sep 17, 2016 2:45 PM

    These are all people who have proven themselves and earned respect.

    Unlike Kaepernick.

    That’s the REAL issue with him.

  26. jackedupboonie says: Sep 17, 2016 2:46 PM

    Here…..let me start by saying….Wentz will totally bomb this Sunday

  27. jackedupboonie says: Sep 17, 2016 2:47 PM

    ehat else would a career back up QB do but go with the flow?

  28. stylzinc says: Sep 17, 2016 2:47 PM

    Its Amazing how effective CK’s peaceful protest has been not just by bringing national dialog but also exposing the blatant racism and oppression all around us.
    It still surprises me how quickly people will discredit the 2nd Amendment when its not working to their favor.

  29. sdchicken says: Sep 17, 2016 2:54 PM

    Raising awareness is a good thing.

    Doing something in the community to help solve the problem is the best action any player or coach can do to really move this cause forward.

    Anthem protests got the conversation going…now its time to act. Be positive, do good

  30. upnorthvikesfan says: Sep 17, 2016 2:57 PM

    Regardless of your opinion on police brutality, they need to remember that the flag stands as a symbol of their freedom to have and express their own views. In many nations around the world, you would be in big trouble for even speaking your mind on the subject let alone showing a lack of respect for the flag. Its fine to speak out against what you may feel is an injustice. But to disrespect the fag that gives you the freedom to have that opinion is flat out wrong.

  31. therealtrenches says: Sep 17, 2016 2:57 PM

    I’m from Philadelphia. It’s a union shop, a liberal town, with a small but strong population of Archie Bunker types, and a traditionally oppressive police force.

    I applaud Doug for listening to and standing / kneeling / sitting with his players.

  32. nitro276 says: Sep 17, 2016 2:58 PM

    From the headline, Doug Pederson is interested in joining the non-sense.

    From reading the article, Doug Pederson honors our flag and our country.

    I am 43, and a life-long Eagles fan. I sure hope my team doesn’t do something disrespectful involving our Flag and/or our National Anthem Monday night.

  33. officialgame says: Sep 17, 2016 3:03 PM

    malcom Jenkins has domne more for the community in a week then most of you have done in a lifetime. I have no problem with Doug standing united with his players for the awareness off social injustice.

  34. purp98 says: Sep 17, 2016 3:03 PM

    If I protested while at work I would get fired. My employer is paying me to do my job, they aren’t paying me to protest while on the clock.

  35. rcali says: Sep 17, 2016 3:05 PM

    Maybe coach should have read the paper this morning. Yet another, yes another, ambush on Police….In Philadelphia. Thoughts and prayers out to those victimized.

  36. valentino8100 says: Sep 17, 2016 3:09 PM

    This is what it looks like when the inmates run the asylum.

  37. samgeyser says: Sep 17, 2016 3:12 PM

    I just love it knowing Goodell is clueless about the issue and what to do about it. …like everything else Roger Goodell touches.

  38. JSpicoli says: Sep 17, 2016 3:21 PM

    Tail wagging the dog.

    Aloha MLB and NCAA.

  39. rootpain says: Sep 17, 2016 3:23 PM

    Obviously thinks he is developing his version of Belichick’s Do Your Job. Somehow, however, I think he is missing the mark just a tad.

  40. mcdeez22 says: Sep 17, 2016 3:23 PM

    The point of the national anthem and the flag is pledging allegiance to the IDEA of America, the freedoms it provides, and the men and women who have fought to protect it. It is not worship of the government or agreeing with police brutality. The great irony here is that it is because we are such a great nation that such demonstrations are allowed. By not standing for the anthem you are protesting your right to protest. And it’s incredibly disrespectful to our military who keep us safe.

    Find a more constructive way to bring about change. Protesting your right to protest makes you look stupid and furthers the racial divide.

  41. fergie22 says: Sep 17, 2016 3:24 PM

    the game is in Chicago at soldier field real classy act I hope your team bus breaks down in Englewood with no cops around

  42. PriorKnowledge says: Sep 17, 2016 3:26 PM

    They are not politicians, they are regular people using a captive audience to express a political view. It is despicable for that reason. Similar to actors pausing a live program to state some political views. Also, similar to a man hitting on a waitress. The waitress is required to be congenial and polite to you, her customer, and you are taking advantage of that to hit on her.

  43. tfoz5150 says: Sep 17, 2016 3:26 PM

    Good for Doug. I’m glad he recognizes a good cause and has the courage to stand for it.

  44. ace8842 says: Sep 17, 2016 3:27 PM

    People, you need to read between the lines here. Pederson is playing you. He said he would stand if it was a team-wide thing. There is 0% chance the players on Philly would all agree to not stand for the anthem. He knows this so he put out a situation he knew could never occur, to appease both sides.

  45. manasewitsch says: Sep 17, 2016 3:28 PM

    Why can’t I tackle other companies employees when I’m on the clock?

  46. goodellisagoner says: Sep 17, 2016 3:29 PM

    He does look like a furnace repairman.

  47. vusnu says: Sep 17, 2016 3:29 PM

    I think what Doug was saying was that he wasn’t in favor of these protests, but if they were going to protest, he liked that they were doing it has a team, and for the purpose of team unity, he’d join in. In other words, he couldn’t care less about the purpose of the protest, he’s focusing on the team unity football aspect of any demonstration.

  48. nflviewer says: Sep 17, 2016 3:33 PM

    Sep 17, 2016 2:08 PM
    Imagine Vince Lombardi joining in on something like this… you can’t.
    ====================

    I guess you don’t know anything about Lombardi.

    Staunch supporter of the civil rights movement, Staunch opponent of southern opposition to racial integration. Spoke favorably about the 1968 Olympics demonstration b7 John Carlos and Tommie Smith. Australian Peter Norman, the silver medalist who supported Carlos and Smith, said he began paying attention to American football because of Lombardi’s positive reaction.

  49. flanker8823 says: Sep 17, 2016 3:35 PM

    pretty simple .. all players protesting the social injustice .. head to your cities ghetto .. form a neighbourhood watch .. players that protest be the team captains and patrol the ghetto to make sure no social injustices happen .. oh yeah.. they proabbaly don’t want to get robbed by the ppl they are standing up for ..

  50. vicnocal says: Sep 17, 2016 3:36 PM

    More whites than blacks get killed by cops. Of course you never hear about those cases on the news though.

  51. myworldurjuslivinit says: Sep 17, 2016 3:38 PM

    this guy is a TOOL…

  52. JSpicoli says: Sep 17, 2016 3:46 PM

    The NFL is playing Russian roulette with the golden goose.

  53. gmen5280 says: Sep 17, 2016 3:50 PM

    How about the whole Eagles organization get behind this movement and just forfeit the game.

    By the mid season, taking a knee will be a “no big deal” and the news cycle would have passed on by.

    If these people are truly disenfranchised with how bad this country has become. They should be man enough to just sit out games and forfeit their game checks.
    Till that happens they are just being punks with no skin in the game.

  54. 32browns says: Sep 17, 2016 3:53 PM

    I know several former ball players, who function perfectly in society. They can mow grass, pay bills, and survive in a complex world. No one is paying to see you work, and if you do not want to watch pro sports, turn your tv off and try to enhance your education by reading a book. Wake up, stop the racism and try to enjoy your weekend. By the way, some people are correct Lombardi and Paul Brown helped intergrate the sport and make it better for all athletes an d fans.

  55. revskip says: Sep 17, 2016 3:55 PM

    Southpaw says:
    Sep 17, 2016 2:24 PM
    In the NFL… protesting against America… is a team-building exercise…

    This is the league with HOW MANY white RBs and CBs?

    ——————————————————————-

    Except that the protest has nothing to do with protesting America. In fact the vast majority of the athletes involved are very pro-America. Only people who are myopic would paint a discussion about race as anti American.

    Good for Pederson, this is exactly the sort of thing that Lombardi would have done. Promote team unity while advocating for more equal treatment of all people.

  56. bubbamonkey100 says: Sep 17, 2016 3:56 PM

    We have been talking about this issue for YEARS…Demonstrations, riots, thousands of hours of media coverage WORLDWIDE, murders of police officers…what is more talking without changes by BOTH sides going to accomplish?

  57. BIGGSHAUN says: Sep 17, 2016 3:58 PM

    Most people here thinks unity, solidarity, and civil rights only count if you’re white.

  58. MichaelEdits says: Sep 17, 2016 4:00 PM

    That is so cool. I want to see a group kneel.

  59. sire703 says: Sep 17, 2016 4:05 PM

    vicnocal says:
    Sep 17, 2016 3:36 PM
    More whites than blacks get killed by cops. Of course you never hear about those cases on the news though
    —————————–

    You do realize that they are speaking out against violence of all races right?

  60. scutz1972 says: Sep 17, 2016 4:05 PM

    Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said he and his teammates have been discussing a demonstration “to push for the conversation about social injustice.”

    Hey Malcolm, the conversation is already ongoing. Your demonstration isn’t going to push anything. It just annoys the rest of us that feel you are attention-seeking and disrespecting the national anthem.

  61. troy43mvp says: Sep 17, 2016 4:25 PM

    I will not watch as well.

  62. jag1959 says: Sep 17, 2016 4:26 PM

    I appreciate that all but a few players had the good sense not to sit or kneel during the Presentation of Colors and the anthem on 9/11 out of respect for what that date represents to our entire nation. As for however they choose to express themselves going forward, we simply need to accept they have a right to do so. I don’t have to like it but I would be a hypocrite if I failed to accept that believing in the ideals the flag and anthem represent requires that I recognize the right of someone else to disrespect them. If your sense of ‘patriotism’ is so fragile that it doesn’t have room to allow for something as fundamental to our way of life as tolerating other people’s freedom of expression then what is it exactly about this country you feel so strongly about? To the ‘they’re disrespecting the military’s sacrifices’ folks I would suggest you talk to a few ‘older’ veterans. Before and after participating in the Southeast Asian War Games we had to tolerate far worse being done by people exercising their rights. In our national dialogues and debates there should always be room for one another’s viewpoint, no matter how right or wrong we think it is. I get the folks that were calling out the guy wearing a Castro shirt and pig socks talking about oppression and intolerance as someone that wasn’t a credible spokesperson on such a serious issue, I agree with them. But what, exactly, is getting some of you so worked up about others demonstrating?

  63. chicagosportsfan11 says: Sep 17, 2016 4:27 PM

    Mark Cuban called it a few years ago.. The NFL is getting to big for itself and self implode. CFL here I come.

  64. dvdman123 says: Sep 17, 2016 4:30 PM

    This is NOT the platform for protesting. The NFL players and coaches should do it on their own time. They are PAID to play and COACH a game and NOT to protest. In any other job they would be fired.

  65. manderson4150 says: Sep 17, 2016 4:30 PM

    Players run the team not the coach, nothing but a champeroin.

  66. southbison says: Sep 17, 2016 4:32 PM

    The players may feel that it is ok to disrespect the Flag. I would hope the owners of the eagles exercise there right to hire and fire their employees and fire the coach.

  67. browns2014man says: Sep 17, 2016 4:33 PM

    Way to alienate the fan base dummy.

  68. dickshotdogs says: Sep 17, 2016 4:36 PM

    I’ll treat you exactly the way I want to treat you.

  69. kwf484 says: Sep 17, 2016 4:40 PM

    We’ve jumped the shark….

  70. sire703 says: Sep 17, 2016 4:49 PM

    dvdman123 says:
    Sep 17, 2016 4:30 PM
    This is NOT the platform for protesting. The NFL players and coaches should do it on their own time. They are PAID to play and COACH a game and NOT to protest. In any other job they would be fired.
    —————————-
    The games are still being played. No ones job is being hindered by these players and coaches actions.

    We get it. You don’t want politics in your football. But this is going to keep happening till something changes.

  71. luvkcchiefs says: Sep 17, 2016 5:03 PM

    When I am at work I am not allowed to promote a political candidate or where inappropriate clothing or shirt with something inappropriate on it etc. I am being paid to do a job not promote my personal agenda! When these bums go to a basketball game or whatever, as a member of the audience they can sit all they want. I’m still going to think what an ungrateful loser who actually thinks there’s a better country to live in but the new liberal dialog is to hate your country. It shows your so open and involved to hate.

  72. therealtrenches says: Sep 17, 2016 5:04 PM

    scutz1972 says:
    Sep 17, 2016 4:05 PM
    Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said he and his teammates have been discussing a demonstration “to push for the conversation about social injustice.”

    Hey Malcolm, the conversation is already ongoing. Your demonstration isn’t going to push anything. It just annoys the rest of us that feel you are attention-seeking and disrespecting the national anthem.

    ——————–

    as long as there are dismissive reactions like this ^^^ the conversation requires continued pushing.

  73. helicopterpilot13 says: Sep 17, 2016 5:13 PM

    The day ticket sales begin to decline because of all this is the day this will all end. And it’s coming, trust me.

  74. philliephaninva says: Sep 17, 2016 5:15 PM

    Let the flinging of the D-Cells begin! Can you still buy D-cells? You really want to impress me, refuse to play the game.

  75. sirsaintforever says: Sep 17, 2016 5:29 PM

    418 15
    heavyjumbo says:
    Sep 17, 2016 9:31 AM
    How many of these outraged commenters stand for the National Anthem when they are at home on their couch? Seriously?

    ——————————————————

    What you dont get is that anyone sitting on the couch at home or anyone even sitting down at the game with a lunch plate in their lap are not saying “Hey everybody, look at me! Im sitting down or taking a knee because i want attention because i am protesting. I am going to take advantage that i am on tv with a company that i should be honored to work for and step on the national anthem with my little protest. My protest will work and make everyone aware because this topic has had no attention in the news lately (ha ha). My protest will work and certainly wont make people just dislike me. It is much easier for me to take a knee than to help educate children and teens what the local laws are and what you are required to do if a police officer encounters you with orders.”

    Everyone has had or will have some sort of encounter with police officers at some point in life. I had way back in college and i just did exactly what the oficer told me to do and then there was no trouble. Please watch just one tv episode of Cops and see what happens to those who cooperate and those who dont – black cops, white cops, latino cops arresting white guys, black guys, and latino guys.

    I know that when i approach a stray dog on the street, my attitude and self protection actions are completely different depending on if the dog is standing straight up wagging its tail or knarling its teeth, growling, couched down and snapping at me? Get it?

  76. uncleb3 says: Sep 17, 2016 5:31 PM

    9/11 should have nothing to do with it. If it could be “misinterpreted” then, how is it any different any other day? Disrespect is disrespect, no matter what day it is. I wish they would find another way to make a statement.

  77. backindasaddle says: Sep 17, 2016 5:33 PM

    Loser

  78. concord148 says: Sep 17, 2016 5:33 PM

    Coach Doug Pederson is a whimp, he needs to get back into his Santa Claus outfit and I hope it snows tonite.

  79. skawh says: Sep 17, 2016 5:36 PM

    Southpaw says:
    Sep 17, 2016 2:24 PM
    In the NFL… protesting against America… is a team-building exercise…

    This is the league with HOW MANY white RBs and CBs?
    ——–
    But you had no problem when the entire league was white, right. Understood.

  80. ace8842 says: Sep 17, 2016 5:40 PM

    It is amazing here in Philly. 57-73% in 4 different national polls disagree with Kaepernick. In all 4, he is losing by at least 25 points. Yet if you listen to ESPN and the Philly media, 98% agree with Kaepernick. It’s like they engage in group think. The truth is, ESPN and the liberals who run the networks intimidate anyone who is more conservative from speaking out, for fear of losing their job.

  81. newmancave2016 says: Sep 17, 2016 5:41 PM

    As someone me who was mad about Kap doing it, I now just don’t care. Word is they will lock arms or something. Fine. Have at it. I don’t care about this just like I don’t care about pink shoes and towels in October, or Eli Manning telling me “no more” even though I’d never consider hitting a woman (and anyone who would isn’t going to listen to SheLi anyway). Play ball.

  82. Juan says: Sep 17, 2016 5:50 PM

    With the game being in Chicago, the players have a greater chance of getting shot than of having any impact.

  83. bleedgreenphilly says: Sep 17, 2016 5:55 PM

    If you think Pederson isn’t going to stand, then you obviously don’t know much about him. He’s talking about something along the lines of locking arms like the Seahawks did. As long as you’re standing, I really don’t see the problem either. He is clearly trying to keep any one player from being a distraction and keep the team united.

  84. ricko1112 says: Sep 17, 2016 5:55 PM

    But you had no problem when the entire league was white, right. Understood.
    _____________________
    The NFL integrated in 1946. 70 years ago. Pretty lame retort by you.

  85. jintfan says: Sep 17, 2016 5:57 PM

    Here’s a thought. don’t hire cops from some small farm towns to work rough inner city neighborhoods. Hire police who understand the local environment and you’ll have a lot less of these encounters.

  86. mountaingirl39 says: Sep 17, 2016 6:11 PM

    How about these players start programs in their own foundations that will work on relations between communities and the police. Until then, who really cares what they think?

  87. FoozieGrooler says: Sep 17, 2016 6:12 PM

    NFL executives say Colin Kaepernick is a “traitor” …and then they nominate Darren Sharper, a convicted serial rapist to the Hall of Fame.
    Good job fellas.
    Really.

  88. jerseygirl57 says: Sep 17, 2016 6:22 PM

    Really good timing considering a Philadelphia cop was ambushed last night (shooter walks up and unloads 18 shots at a cop sitting in her patrol car) and then goes on to shoot 6 more people, including another cop, before he is killed by police. Any chance of the Eagles “demonstrating” is support of them?

  89. bleedgreenphilly says: Sep 17, 2016 6:31 PM

    mountaingirl39 says:
    Sep 17, 2016 6:11 PM
    How about these players start programs in their own foundations that will work on relations between communities and the police. Until then, who really cares what they think?

    ——————————————————————

    Malcolm Jenkins does that already and has so since he arrived in Philly. In fact, when Myke Tavarres was planning to sit in preseason, Jenkins was one of the players who talked him out of it, instead offering he come see his work with Philly police regarding community relations. I’m going to guess you still don’t care though.

  90. jets4thewin says: Sep 17, 2016 6:35 PM

    stylzinc says:
    Sep 17, 2016 2:47 PM
    Its Amazing how effective CK’s peaceful protest has been not just by bringing national dialog but also exposing the blatant racism and oppression all around us.
    It still surprises me how quickly people will discredit the 2nd Amendment when its not working to their favor.
    —–
    Wrong amendment genius. What surprises me is that you cited the right to bear arms when I assume you meant to cite free speech despite access to the internet.

  91. dcpatfan says: Sep 17, 2016 7:33 PM

    I applaud you Doug!

  92. amaf21 says: Sep 17, 2016 7:55 PM

    Screw flinging d-cells. Hope they toss 6volts at this fools. #shutupandstand

  93. jasons81 says: Sep 17, 2016 7:56 PM

    nflviewer says:
    Sep 17, 2016 3:33 PM
    Sep 17, 2016 2:08 PM
    Imagine Vince Lombardi joining in on something like this… you can’t.
    ====================

    I guess you don’t know anything about Lombardi.

    Staunch supporter of the civil rights movement, Staunch opponent of southern opposition to racial integration. Spoke favorably about the 1968 Olympics demonstration b7 John Carlos and Tommie Smith. Australian Peter Norman, the silver medalist who supported Carlos and Smith, said he began paying attention to American football because of Lombardi’s positive reaction.

    I guess you didn’t read the rest of my post. I wasn’t talking about the message so much as the delivery. Like I said, there are plenty of other moments to show your support for a worthy cause… why choose the most sacred of moments to do it?

    By your logic I’m part of the oppression because I think it’s inappropriate to use the national anthem for the purposes of protest.

  94. amaf21 says: Sep 17, 2016 7:57 PM

    Ps I wish ray rice would slap the stupid look off his face.

  95. laserw says: Sep 17, 2016 8:10 PM

    I’m all for social justice.

    If you are black and you don’t want to stand for the National Anthem, buy a ticket to Africa and enjoy your new life.

    Otherwise, stand like a man.

    We are tired of the incessant whinings of racism and calls for “Social Justice” – that is a dog whistle for neo-socialism which is antithetical to our Founding Document.

  96. bigbluefan1 says: Sep 17, 2016 8:19 PM

    Many cities Police do not want to work games where players are protesting can you see a home game in Philly with out cops? It would be like the movie the Purge

    These players are a bunch of spoiled millionaires pretending to be with the people

    After the game they will drive home in high end cars to neighborhoods where they are the minority and say i did my part.

    What they call these types is posers

  97. bobbyhoying says: Sep 17, 2016 8:22 PM

    The NFL is destroying itself.

  98. jackedupboonie says: Sep 17, 2016 8:29 PM

    This is really getting old. Cops fight everything under the sun…now they have to deal with the NFL. I hope this gets ugly…I lived with a police officer….he was a canine cop…he came home with the worst stories ever

  99. phinsfanjoz says: Sep 17, 2016 8:39 PM

    Everyone who wants to stop watching the NFL can go ahead. Go find another sport. The rest of us who either support it or don’t really care will keep watching.

    You’re not a large enough market share to cause a dent in the NFL’s multi-billion-dollar wallet.

    But please proceed with whatever makes you feel good and self-righteous. It’s the American Way.

  100. Angry Orange Man says: Sep 17, 2016 9:04 PM

    “I think it shows unity and there’s no division that way, and I think it sends a great message that from our standpoint, the National Football League and the platform and the individuals, we love this country and what it represents and the flag and the national anthem and everything. Listen, we’re not perfect, obviously, and for us to stand united that way, I’d go for that.”

    What a rambling, incoherent, and contradictory statement. He’d have been better off yelling. “FRANKS AND BEANS!!!!” and hitting himself over the head with a frying pan.

  101. simplec72 says: Sep 17, 2016 9:10 PM

    I’ll bet that if Kap were released, or traded to some horrible team that not another person would’ve taken a knee, or a seat.

  102. nedhigginssports says: Sep 17, 2016 9:22 PM

    I think these protests are stupid empty gestures but I guarantee you 100% of the people saying that they’re done with NFL will tune in to pre game at 11 am tomorrow and be posting on PFT this time next week

  103. bears53 says: Sep 17, 2016 9:29 PM

    I’ll be at the game. Soldier Field is a WW1 war memorial, real good place to offend as many people as possible. If it happens I’ll be sickened, but not much a guy can do about it. Normally I don’t care what people protest, whatever, but as a veteran, I am not for doing this there. There is a time and a place, what do you think this is?

  104. jasons81 says: Sep 17, 2016 10:03 PM

    @nedhiggenssports

    I do agree with you, I’ll still go to my games and watch my team. But on Monday night when the 49ers/Rams game had the players kneel during the National Anthem… the commentators proceeded to talk it to death immediately following. As a result I didn’t watch a single snap of that game. And that’s what I’ll do from now on when this crap comes up.

  105. hillarystandswhenshepees says: Sep 17, 2016 10:12 PM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Sep 17, 2016 2:31 PM
    You couldn’t pay me to stand for that disgusting song.

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    “Idiot” is fitting in your username.

  106. revskip says: Sep 17, 2016 10:18 PM

    ricko1112 says:
    Sep 17, 2016 5:55 PM
    But you had no problem when the entire league was white, right. Understood.
    _____________________
    The NFL integrated in 1946. 70 years ago. Pretty lame retort by you.

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    Actually the last NFL team (Washington) didn’t integrate until 1962 nearly twenty years later. And 50 years later race relations are only marginally better. Which is at the crux of the protests.

  107. 32browns says: Sep 18, 2016 12:26 AM

    I know several former ball players, who function perfectly in society. They can mow grass, pay bills, and survive in a complex world. No one is paying to see you work, and if you do not want to watch pro sports, turn your tv off and try to enhance your education by reading a book. Wake up, stop the racism and try to enjoy your weekend. By the way, some people are correct Lombardi and Paul Brown helped intergrate the sport and make it better for all athletes and fans.

  108. snaponrules says: Sep 18, 2016 2:59 AM

    So a whole team of people are going to disrespect the flag and the anthem at a field name for and after the great heros of this nation?
    This isnt about any “oppressed” people its about a bunch of rich entitled punks hollering “look at me”

  109. bigdbroncsfan says: Sep 18, 2016 3:17 AM

    Well, it has done one thing. I believe more firmly than ever that the police officers need our respect. The NFL is a far left racist organization that doesn’t believe in freedom, just forcing their political view down your throat.

    Good job players, you got what you wanted, we are talking about it, and the players are wrong. I can’t support anything that starts with an ambush. Now that the NFL is only a political org, I won’t donate, or watch.

  110. barrywhererufrom says: Sep 18, 2016 6:40 AM

    Come November we have one party that supports this crap. As a league the NFL is condoning it too. We have to send a message to both.

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