Jurrell Casey: Get anthem protests out of your mind; that’s not what this is about

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Jurrell Casey wants to put emphasis back on the reasons for players’ protests during the national anthem rather than the angst over the kneeling and fist raising. That was the Titans defensive lineman’s intent last week when Casey said he was prepared to “take my fine” after the NFL announced its national anthem policy, which now is on hold.

“At the end of the day, everybody is going to have their opinions about it,” Casey said, via Terry McCormick of titaninsider.com. “I’m just here to try to continue to open people’s eyes and switch their mindsets. It doesn’t bother me that you don’t agree. Not everybody is going to agree with everything. But at the end of the day, I think everybody around here should want equal respect for everybody. That should just be human nature, but not everybody is going to want that. But I’m going to continue to fight and try to change people’s mindsets about how they see the movement.

“Get the anthem and protests out of your mind. That’s not what this is about. We don’t have nothing against the NFL and don’t have nothing against the United States as a whole. The biggest thing that we right have now is the way the justice system is set up for minorities. That’s what the whole battle is, trying to bring light and enlighten what is going on in the minority community.”

Casey, along with some other teammates, raised a fist at the conclusion of the national anthem before each game last season, seeking to raise awareness about social injustice. None of the Titans took a knee during the anthem, though receiver Rishard Matthews stayed in the locker room during the anthem for some games last season.

25 responses to “Jurrell Casey: Get anthem protests out of your mind; that’s not what this is about

  1. Of course it is not about the Anthem. We know this. Opposers focusing on the anthem itself is simply a way to avoid addressing the actual issues that you’re protesting about in the first place.

  2. “Jurrell Casey wants to put emphasis back on the reasons for players’ protests”

    Yes Jurrell, let’s talk about Kaep’s benching. Mark Geragos agrees.

  3. The NFL can continue to lose fans….They’ve already been forced to give millions to this ’cause’……yet players continue to be idiotic about it.

  4. We don’t have nothing against the NFL and don’t have nothing against the United States as a whole.
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    “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”

    Colin Kaepernick

  5. playedthegame32 says:

    Of course it is not about the Anthem. We know this. Opposers focusing on the anthem itself is simply a way to avoid addressing the actual issues that you’re protesting about in the first place.
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    In that case common sense should tell you to stop using the anthem and find an effective way to get your message across. What’s bizarre is that after two years you all still can’t comprehend that.

  6. Soooooooo lemme get this straight. Your problem is with the “justice system for minorities.” If we just allow everybody to abuse women, break into stores and steal stuff, smoke dope whenevah, and not enforce laws on the books to control dangerous criminals, then you’re OK? You’ll stand for the anthem? OK. Done!

  7. Minority on minority crime is way more devestating to a community for the simple fact that’ it’s more prevalent and happens on a daily and nightly basis. These facts are irrelevant I suppose.

  8. Just a thought. All of the players that want to protest and get fined for doing so. Why don’t they just use the money that they will get fined and put it back into this so called “social unjust” crap??

  9. I hope they fine this loser into bankruptcy. Nobody cares about about their social injustice rants. Do your protest on your on time and see how much attention you get for your concerns. Find anew way to protest. It’s pretty oblivious nobody gives a damn. Just play football or stay home.

  10. I guess when I watch the news in philly, and I see a 5 or 6 year old shot in the crossfire, sitting on a couch watching spongebob, riding a bike, or whatever, with devestating interviews with their parents, I should take a knee about the injustice.

  11. Here’s a clue to every NFL Player with Zero intelligence, which includes 75% of them. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU SAY IT’S ABOUT!!!!! What you’re doing is classless and disrespectful to a country that has given you everything and every opportunity to get everything you ever wanted. No other country in the world provides this kind of opportunity and you have no clue what “OPPRESSION” is. If you don’t want to go to jail don’t commit crimes. And when you do commit crimes don’t blame somebody else and spit on the country. The more these morons talk the more people will tune out. The lack of common sense and awareness is absolutely amazing.

  12. “Get the anthem and protests out of your mind. That’s not what this is about. We don’t have nothing against the NFL and don’t have nothing against the United States as a whole. Just all white people.”

    Fixed that for you Purrell.

  13. Know your place, players.
    We only want entertainment from you, and care not what you think or feel.
    After your body is broken, send us children if we haven’t shot them already.
    Above all else, don’t get out of your lane. Entertainers that should be mute.

  14. “The biggest thing that we right have now is the way the justice system is set up for minorities.”

    Shall we talk about how the educational system is right now for minorities?

  15. Yes, he has utter disdain for our great country, but to be fair, he has a track record of charitable work and has made an effort helping others less fortunate and boy does he pay a lot of taxes that help fund social programs! Likely won’t make tvs turn to football on Sunday’s for many, but fair is fair.

  16. I respect this guy’s thoughtful approach to this situation. The idea that there are no racial prejudices and social injustices here in our great country is either wish fulfilment or purposeful obtuseness. That’s my opinion.

  17. I should have added that standing for the anthem and respecting the flag is the least you can do while cashing monster game checks. Protest without action is a purposeless enterprise.

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