Former NFL Star Speaks out: 'Protests Are So Upsetting'

November 19, 2017Nov 19, 2017

The Hill is reporting that a former NFL player Herschel Walker believes that the NFL protests should have never became normalized in the first place. 

Apparently, the former NFL player thinks that the protests are extremely upsetting, and he blames the commissioner for letting the protests continue at the very beginning. Had they been stopped at the beginning, says Walker, then they never would have gotten to the point of being normal. 

"I absolutely think the protests are so upsetting, and I blame the commissioner," he said, according to The Hill. "I know people are going to be angry when I say it, but he should have stopped the protests at the very beginning."

According to The Hill, Walker believes that the flag is very special, and doesn't want himself or any other NFL player to do anything to disrespect it. Rather than kneeling during the national anthem, which Walker believes is disrespectful to the American flag, he believes that NFL players should wait until the season is over and go kneel in front of the White House. This would get across their point better and would call attention to racial injustice in the United States, but it would do so in a way that isn't disrespectful to the American flag. 

Not only is it disrespectful to the flag, he thinks, but it is most especially disrespectful to those who fought and died for the flag.


"We have young men and women fighting for the flag," he said. "And we have to respect the White House." 

In the 1980s, Walker played for President Trump's USFL New Jersey Generals. 

The NFL has been criticized for national anthem protests since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during a 2016 preseason game. Kaepernick claimed he was protesting racial injustice and police brutality. Trump has long been upset about the NFL protests, believing that they are disrespectful to both the flag and the troops.  

Last month, in an interview with CBS, Kaepernick claimed that he would go anywhere to work out for an NFL team. He claimed that it was fine if that workout was kept private. He also remarked that he was looking for an opportunity to play, and simply wanted to be judged as a football player, and not for his social and political views.

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