Olivier Vernon will continue to kneel, doesn’t care if you boo him

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Not every player who has protested during the national anthem will continue this weekend, on the heels of the league’s deal to throw cash at a PR problem in hopes it goes away.

But Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon said he’s going to continue to kneel, as he has since Week Three, when President Donald Trump railed against protesting players and ignited a new wave of them. And while Vernon knows his position may not be popular in some quarters, he’s not deterred by the abuse he hears from the stands.

“You hear ‘coward’ and ‘stand up’ and ‘disgrace,’’ Vernon said, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “It’s fine. As long as nobody comes on the field and touches me. You stay where you at, you’re going to be all right. They have a right. Oh yeah, I hear it all the time.

If they don’t like it, don’t come to the game.’’

(That sound you hear is Giants owner John Mara and partners cringing, as they’re doing their best to make people forget this is a thing.)

But Vernon said the reason for his kneeling remains the same, and has nothing to do with the military. The son of a police officer, Vernon wants to call attention to issues of racial injustice.

“At the end of the day, you want to fight for something that’s right,’’ Vernon said. “At least some type change that can help elevate something, you just see something that’s being pushed. I feel like it’s a small step, but it is progress.

“I’m fine where I’m at right now. Ain’t nothing wrong with feeling bad for what you believe in. What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong. I stand behind my beliefs.’’

He was generally encouraged by the league’s deal to donate about $90 million to social justice causes, calling it “making progress, moving forward.”

But it’s not enough to make him stand, and the criticism that comes from the stands or 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue aren’t enough to deter him.

45 responses to “Olivier Vernon will continue to kneel, doesn’t care if you boo him

  1. This tool really thinks that kneeling like a begging fool is courageous and will change things.

    Idiot.

  2. It doesn’t matter the giants suck so nobody will be there to see it anyway. He should be fired for telling people if they dont like it don’t come to the game! If you worked at a Ford dealership and told customers to go somewhere else you wouldn’t have a job for very long.

  3. That attitude will surely end a career a few years early.
    The message has been sent, understood and received. Consider it accomplished. Kneeling now becomes selfish.

  4. “What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong. I stand behind my beliefs.’’

    No Vernon, you’re kneeling for your beliefs. Just kneeling isn’t going to solve anything. You’d think by now, there’s more ways to get your point across or to contribute to your cause. “Faith without works is dead”

  5. It’s getting to the point where nobody cares. The act loses its impact after a while. Some still pay attention, but most are desensitized to this by now.

  6. “If they don’t like it, don’t come to the game.’’

    Proving once and for all, the complete lack of self-awareness possessed by these millionaire jocks… …who do you think it is that pays you those MILLIONS of dollars, genius?? Somehow, displaying your “social position” has become more important than the fans who are paying a TON of money to watch you play a freakin’ kids game?? Pathetic.

  7. “If they don’t like it, don’t come to the game.’’

    Lmao! Actively antagonizing the consumers that effectively fund your big paychecks sounds like a great idea! Can’t imangine why the NFL is losing money.

  8. raidernation210 says:

    December 1, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Never heard of this clown
    ========================

    This is the dude the Giants gave $19 million a year to play 8 games, get 10 QB hurries, and 3 sacks

  9. Can someone please tell these guys that the NFL doesn’t care about, nor will they be solving, “social injustice” or “racial inequality”, and that kneeling during the singing of the national anthem is not protesting or raising awareness?

  10. This is what happens when colleges take people and give them full ridership into their school and they come out speaking like they’re still in jr high. I laugh when I hear or read what athletes say then I say that college must be proud. They’re all sellouts

  11. The kneeling was actually the idea given to Kaepernick from a veteran. He said it was a better way to protest than sitting. I have more respect for that veteran than I have for draft dodgers, including Donald Trump. I’d like up behind a veteran before I get behind a coward draft dodger.

  12. These guys have no clue that they are costing future players a ton of $$$$. I absolutely love it..

  13. “If they don’t like it, don’t come to the game.’’

    Got driver: Or you could just leave the country.
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    Well considering that America was born out of protest against Britain’s colonization (American Revolution 1700’s), and since you don’t like protest, maybe that means you should leave the country.

  14. jmcneil82 says:
    December 1, 2017 at 8:36 am
    “If they don’t like it, don’t come to the game.’’

    Got driver: Or you could just leave the country.
    —————————————————————————

    Well considering that America was born out of protest against Britain’s colonization (American Revolution 1700’s), and since you don’t like protest, maybe that means you should leave the country.
    ######################

    We protested against England – which happens to be on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean…

    England considered North America to be a “possession”.

  15. Boy there’s a bunch of people commenting things like “who is this guy?”. Well you people don’t watch much football huh?

  16. That’s like a waiter in a restaurant telling the customers to not do business there if they don’t like him. What would his employer do? Back him up?

  17. Remember when players played for the love of the game and were paid so little they actually had to have full-time jobs on the side to make enough money to live on?

    Yeah me neither, but it sounds better than what we have now.

  18. NFL should rescind their $100 million “social injustice” donation. Kneeling is clearly worth way more than that…

    I don’t like to see the salaries compared to the donations these kneelers have made.

    My bet is Joe Blow donates a fat higher percentage of his $50K salary than any kneeler does with his $5MM salary.

    Posers!

  19. Love it! Do what you feel is right Olivier. Your conscious usually will direct you on the right path. Unlike the fear permeating the minority.

    #yourtimeisshort

  20. So as a fan, this guy is basically saying FU to me. Right back at you pal. And he should remember that his money does grow on a tree, but comes from the me and the rest of the people to whom he is extending the proverbial bird. If the people who ran his team had any class (not sure they do after the Eli debacle), they would tell him to stay home.

  21. My country would be the greatest country on earth if we could just get rid of these people.

  22. Good. He has the right to and it hurts and disrespects no one. All of you people saying he and others who kneel should leave the country are unamerican. This country was founded on the idea of kicking people out who defy our personal beliefs. Our country is about being able to change things through progress and majority. If you really think kneeling is wrong then protest. I don’t see the big bad corporation that is the nfl really hurting from snowflakes with hurt feelings not watching the games but if y’all can convince enough people your personal beleif is stronger than our current constitutional rights then more power to ya. A billion other things to worry about and y’all focus on a millionaire kneeling during archaic song.

  23. The only body position “Oliveeyay” Vernon needs to worry about is his two point stance.

    Just shaaadup and do your damn job. There’s a camera on you because of your ability to play football, not because fans care about your personal views, musical tastes, political leanings, or any other crap. You’re just a football player.

  24. “If they don’t like it, don’t come to the game.’’

    This has to be a fireable offense…basically telling a portion of your customer base to “F” off.

    Giant fans the gauntlet has been thrown down…whatcha gonna do when vernonmania runs wild on you?

  25. Thank God the Giants took him and over paid him from the Dolphins. His 2 sacks a year is worth that $100M. That’s why Giants suck, they over pay for losers like this. They should cut him and cut their losses.

  26. Will anybody kneel for the fact that for every black man -guilty or innocent killed by a police officer, 18.5 police officers killed by black men? Will anybody kneel for the over 1200 mostly black Chicagoans killed by other blacks since 2016? Or will anyone acknowledge that the accountability of these uncomfortable truths fall at the failed feet of urban leaders and politicians who’d prefer to deflect attention away from their part in the breakdown of social values and disregard for human lives?

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