Matt Rhule considering kneeling alongside players during national anthem

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Panthers coach Matt Rhule is considering kneeling alongside players during the national anthem this season. Rhule said he wants to show support for the movement against racial injustice.

“I would consider anything as we move forward,” Rhule said Thursday on a video conference call, via Steve Reed of The Associated Press. “I’m supportive of the cause. I’m supportive of the movement. I’m supportive of social justice. I think for every person, coach or player, that will be a very personal decision. I think it has to be made at the right time and the right reason for everybody.”

Texans coach Bill O’Brien is the only head coach thus far to commit to kneeling alongside players during the national anthem. Rhule could do the same.

“I will support my players with whatever they do and then when the time comes I will really think deeply about what is the best thing for me and what is the best way I can show my support,” Rhule said.

The first-year NFL head coach said he will consult with players before making any decision about whether to protest social injustice and police brutality during the anthem.

“I think a lot of this has come from the players so I will wait to see what direction they are leaning, and then I will make my decision,” Rhule said.

38 responses to “Matt Rhule considering kneeling alongside players during national anthem

  1. He has no choice, in this cancel culture we are in if he wants to keep his job he has to conform or else!

  2. He’ll be out of the league in two years, feasting on that fat salary. It is hard to believe that the Panthers let go a two time NFL coach of the year in Ron Rivera for a second rate collegiate coach who is already resorting to gimmicks to try ingratiate himself with the team. Carolina’s loss is Washington’s gain.

  3. You kneel… we turn off TV and not purchase tickets or merchandise… two way street

  4. It’s all well and good that may be considering his 1st Amendment right to kneel for the national anthem. Though I disagree with this specific form of protest, I agree with his right to do so. But if and -maybe- when some player or coach comes out and states their intentions to stand for the national anthem, will they be safe from the SJW mobs that have been so vocal in the NFL, as of late?

  5. That’s awesome!!!! And after they can all celebrate their wokeness and tell each other “well I did my part” then go back to their entitled lives. Meanwhile 95% of the black community still struggles day to day, But hey it’s good to know multi millionaire sports figures are on our side.

  6. jurgyisgod says:
    June 25, 2020 at 4:54 pm
    He’ll be out of the league in two years, feasting on that fat salary. It is hard to believe that the Panthers let go a two time NFL coach of the year in Ron Rivera for a second rate collegiate coach who is already resorting to gimmicks to try ingratiate himself with the team. Carolina’s loss is Washington’s gain.

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    He might be out sooner than that. I think he’s in over his head. He should’ve stayed at Baylor.

  7. The kneeling is nice and all, but when we start seeing ACTION then the kneeling will become more meaningful. At the moment it’s become nothing more than virtue signaling.

  8. I’m against kneeling and against racism. There has to be a better middle ground for everyone, unless we’re just trying to make one group happy. If that’s the case then why watch?

  9. Great article! Another kneeler! You don’t have to bend the knee. What is that suppose to mean? Just play football!

  10. It’s sad protesting during the Anthem is being normalized.
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    Tearing down statues, monuments, destroying public and private property is all being normalized too. In fact not just normalized but celebrated. In the infamous words of Ronnie James Dio “If you listen to fools, the mob rules.”.

  11. At this point who really cares if these guys play who wants to hear there political rhetoric

  12. Why don’t you kneel during the game, while on the sideline? Why not kneel when you score points? Why don’t you kneel when you’re being interviewed? Why don’t you kneel outside of the game?

  13. I’m a Panthers fan, and this is a smart move by Coach Rhule. He knows that most of the players on a football team are black and if he is going to lead them, he has to show that he is an ally against racism off the field.

    Rhule was a great hire, he turned around dead programs at Temple and Baylor and will have the Panthers winning a Super Bowl pretty soon without the college talent discrepancy holding him back.

  14. Dont mind me. Im just counting heads of the ones screaming “im done with the nfl”. Yes i will be reminding yall

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