Panthers DE Julius Peppers explains decision to stay off field for national anthem
CHARLOTTE, NC (Joseph Individual and Jourdan Rodrigue/The Charlotte Observer)- Carolina Panthers defensive finish Julius Peppers didn’t report back to the sector till after the nationwide anthem Sunday, a transfer he stated was in response to feedback by President Donald Trump.
Peppers stated his protest didn’t harm anybody, and that he did it in response to the President saying NFL gamers who protest in the course of the anthem must be “fired” by their workforce.
Peppers, who emerged from the tunnel after the anthem was over, stated he needed to make a press release, however that he didn’t need it to be concerning the flag.
The protest, Peppers stated, wasn’t concerning the flag, or the army, or the anthem, however immediately about President Trump’s remarks.
He stated he thought these feedback have been an assault on his brothers.
Peppers stated he didn’t talk about his determination with teammates beforehand, in order that they wouldn’t really feel they needed to be a part of him.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera, requested in his information convention concerning the anthem protests across the league on Sunday, stated he hoped his gamers would stand at consideration, with a hand over their coronary heart, in the course of the anthem.
However he additionally stated he needs these gamers to check a world with out racism, hatred or bigotry, and work towards it.