The anthem protests are all anyone can talk about now that the Sunday NFL games are over. Many, many players participated in it and many other teams didn’t go out for the anthem itself.
The Tennessee Titans did not go out on the field for the anthem and afterward, released a joint statement explaining their reasoning why.
“The players jointly decided this was the best course of action. Our commitment to the military and our community is resolute and the absence of our team for the national anthem shouldn’t be misconstrued as unpatriotic.”
Eric Decker, a receiver on the Titans was part of the demonstration but his wife, Jesse James Decker, has come out and said that he was not part of the protest.
“My husband was not made aware it was time to go out for the game. Unfortunately, a decision was made for him without him knowing,” said Jesse James Decker. She also posted a long Instagram message reiterating the same thought.
One of my favorite things to do is sing the national anthem. I think about my dad, my uncles, my cousins, both grandfathers who fought in the Vietnam war. I think about how my grandfather paw paw Tim would ask me to sing this song for him every time I saw him and how he would make me turn the other way to sing it so he could just weep and cry as hard as he wanted because it meant so much to him. I think about all of our troops I got to visit with and spend time with in the Middle East when I went over seas to sing for them. I think about all of the men crying because they missed their wives so much, or the man telling me he hadn’t seen his baby girl yet since she was born. When I sing this song I think about them. This song is about them. It’s not about me. That’s what I think about every time I sing it. I love our country so much. And we should all love and respect each other because this is the greatest country in the world. I see the love. I see the unity in all walks of life on a daily basis and It makes me so proud to be an American….. so In the words of Forrest Gump. That’s all I have to say about that.
Eric commented on it and said, “Preach, baby!” As divided as the country is, it looks like locker rooms around the NFL may be divided as well. The continued protests have allowed for others to speak out and it looks like voices of dissent are coming out as well.