Titans visit Nashville Police training academy on last day of minicamp


The Tennessee Titans brought their entire roster and coaching staff to the Nashville Metro Police training academy on Thursday, using the last day of minicamp to get to know the police in their community and learn about firearms safety.

Titans General Manager Jon Robinson organized the event at which players went through a shooting simulator in which participants are faced with scenarios and need to make a split-second decision about whether or not to shoot. They also spent time on gun ranges and were given instruction about best safety practices.

“The interaction between Titans players and our officers was exceptional,” Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said. “The conversations were relaxed, and it was clear that both groups had a good time being with each other. This was an outstanding idea by Jon Robinson and I am grateful that he brought it to us.”

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said there was no connection between the event and NFL players’ protests against police shootings.

“I think this is about us being with the police officers in our community and gun safety. I think there was a lot of things that you can accomplish. Just like when we go out on the practice field,” Vrabel said.

Thursday represented the Titans’ last day of work before training camp opens in late July.

21 responses to “Titans visit Nashville Police training academy on last day of minicamp

  1. To say it had nothing to do with the protests is slightly misleading. The players can act as intermediaries to communicate each sides’ concerns. By doing this training, it gives them a sense of the challenges police face in an environment where the decisions can have fatal consequences. That can be communicated to other members of the community to increase understanding between the two groups. It’s a good community interaction in a scale that allows the police to offer the experience.

    It’s also not a bad chance for players who may own guns to get some proper training so they hopefully don’t accidentally shoot themselves or someone else.

  2. Good thing they did not sign Kaep. He would have showed up with a “pig” tee shirt and “Castro” socks this time. Freedom of speech, my man.

  3. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    June 15, 2018 at 12:15 pm
    Jon Robinson gets it. It is all about opening a dialog not wearing socks with pigs on them and making a blanket statement about all of law enforcement.
    Agreed Jon Robinson does get it. It is about opening a dialog which the protests did eventually help achieve.

    I can’t help but to point out that you just made a blanket statement that all protesters wore pig socks.

  4. So then they discussed police brutality? Or did they just toy around with guns? Useless.

  5. Player: I see a lot of POC being brutalized by the police, what’s up with that?
    Cop: Ummmm… Wanna play with our guns?

  6. Players could have done this on their own last year and actually have done something positive.

    Kneeling didn’t accomplish anything.

  7. “…a shooting simulator in which participants are faced with scenarios and need to make a split-second decision about whether or not to shoot.”

    WHAT????? Is it gun safety or making gut reactions with a weapon? And we wonder why cops shoot first. WOW.

  8. They played with a gun simulation, they didn’t discuss important topics. The only ‘discussions’ they would have had are “man, this gun has some kickback!”. I could see how this would fool gullible people though.

  9. mmack66 says:
    June 15, 2018 at 12:08 pm
    That’s better than wasting your time kneeling.

    No Titan has ever knelt during the anthem. This isn’t an NFL issue. There are only a handful of players across the league that have knelt. Stop listening to the fake news, bruh!

  10. this is what you do instead of kneeling. you bring the issues to a civilized dialect

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