Carolina Panthers veteran defensive finish Julius Peppers was not on the sector for the nationwide anthem earlier than Sunday’s recreation towards the New Orleans Saints.
All the Panthers gamers who have been on the sector stood for the anthem. Peppers walked on the sector afterward with a workforce official.
Peppers was not obtainable to reporters through the week resulting in the sport.
Greater than a dozen Saints gamers, together with Adrian Peterson, sat on the bench in the course of the anthem.
By the point the 1 p.m. video games started, 25 of the 32 NFL house owners had issued statements following President Donald Trump’s feedback suggesting gamers who don’t stand for the anthem must be fired, however Panthers proprietor Jerry Richardson was not amongst them.
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who was Richardson’s visitor at Sunday’s recreation, stated – as a personal citizen – he discovered Trump’s feedback “insulting and disgraceful.”
“To single out any specific group of gamers and name them SOB’s, to me that’s insulting and disgraceful. So I feel the gamers deserve credit score for what they do,” Tagliabue advised a gaggle of reporters in Charlotte.
“And on the subject of speech they’re entitled to talk. And we’re entitled to pay attention,” he added. “We’re entitled to agree or disagree. However we’re not entitled to close anyone’s speech down.
“Typically you don’t like what you hear and that’s true in life in a lot of context, however you possibly can’t shut individuals down and be disgraceful if you end up doing it.”
Sunday afternoon, Trump tweeted about what was occurring at NFL video games:
“Nice solidarity for our Nationwide Anthem and for our Nation. Standing with locked arms is sweet, kneeling is just not acceptable. Dangerous scores!”
Nice solidarity for our Nationwide Anthem and for our Nation. Standing with locked arms is sweet, kneeling is just not acceptable. Dangerous scores!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin advised CBS that he and his gamers determined to stay within the locker room earlier than the Steelers’ recreation in Chicago.