Telvin Smith on staying inside for anthem: I’ve got to stand for something

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Four Jaguars were not on the field for the national anthem, staying away until the song finished. Running back Leonard Fournette didn’t want to talk about his decision, saying, “It’s a personal thing, and I don’t want to get into it, but everyone has their own beliefs in certain things.”

But linebacker Telvin Smith went into great detail about why he chose to do what he did, pointing out, unsolicited, that he wore his Salute to Service cleats for the game.

“As a man, I’ve got certain beliefs, but this is not going to become a distraction in Jacksonville,” Smith said, via quotes distributed by the team. “This is not going to become a distraction for this team. I’ve got beliefs. I did what I did. I don’t know if it’s going to be every week; can’t answer if it’s going to be every week. But, as a man, I’ve got to stand for something. I love my team; I’m dedicated to my teammates and that’s what we’re talking about. I did what I did; it was love. I hope people see it and respect it. I respect views.

“I love the military, I wore my Salute to Service cleats today. It’s love, and we’re just going to move forward and move forward in the preseason. It’s about that we lost a game. We’ve got to get this team prepared, this roster prepared, and move forward in the season. No more questions about the beginning of the game.”

Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said he was unaware Smith, Fournette, Jalen Ramsey and T.J. Yeldon had stayed behind for the start of the anthem until just before arriving to the podium for his postgame press conference.

“The only thing I can say is that the NFL and the NFLPA are obviously working together on [a policy],” Marrone said. “I don’t know if. . . . My knowledge is there’s nothing out there right now on what the players can do. I think I made it clear that, for me, I’m always going to stand with my hand on my heart, and I think that the people that don’t, then they’ve got to answer to it, to the media.”

19 responses to “Telvin Smith on staying inside for anthem: I’ve got to stand for something




  2. What exactly is he standing for by hiding in the locker room?
    I think Malcolm Jenkins has the whole injustice thing covered.

    Are we extra aware because Telvin Smith is also protesting?
    He says that as a man he has certain beliefs but what are those beliefs?
    What is he actually doing about those beliefs?

    He signed a 44 million deal recently. Is he paying bail for some minorities who are stuck in prison awaiting trial? Is he visiting young men in prison? Is he helping families of shooting victims? Is he just doing something to be trendy?

    Hollow protest without action in year 3 of this is just spam.

  3. “I don’t know if it’s going to be every week”…….basically means he’s a sheep and doesn’t know why he’s doing it. It’s a joke at this point.

  4. Gosh…if you don’t support a country that allows you to play a game for huge amounts of money, you should probably refuse to take any of that dishonorable money.

  5. Another guy goes out of his way to make it clear that this has nothing to do with the military, yet all day we’re going to hear how this guy disrespected the military. Yeesh.

  6. Maybe you feel you need to stand for something, but if you stand to close to the fire you could get burned, just look at Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick. There are other things…hunger, homelessness, education, age discrimination, and alot of others. The flag represents millions of different people of all different races in 1 nation making it work. No one said it is perfect cause its not and it probably never will be. I understand what your saying and doing, but your in a position to make more of a difference in so many other ways as opposed to just 1. I am proud of this country just like you should be, because its the melting pot of millions of people, most of which make hardly any money and who doesnt wear their name on the back of their shirt. Stand tall and be pround of a country that allows girls and women to go to school, where anybody can be any thing, where anyone can stat a business and so much, and you can believe in any religon you want. If you want to stand for something , stand for positivity, integrity, honor, goodness, love compassion, truth, second chances, and forgiveness.

  7. Yeah, ummm any of you players speaking out on the oppression happening everyday in places like Chicago? No. Didn’t think so..

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