Carolina Panthers Head Coach: I’d Consider Kneeling During the National Anthem

In a Zoom call Thursday, Matt Rhule, the NFL Carolina Panthers head coach, told reporters that he would consider kneeling during the national anthem alongside his players.

Rhule stated, according to The Washington Post:

I would consider anything as we go along. I am a supporter of the cause. I am a supporter of the movement. I am a supporter of social justice. I think for each person, coach or player, that will be a very personal decision. I think it must be done at the right time and the right reason for everyone. I will support my players with whatever they do and then when the time comes I will really think deeply about what is best for me and what is the best way I can show my support.

He added: “I think a lot of this came from the players, so I will wait to see which way they are leaning, and then I will make my decision.”

Assuming there is a fall NFL season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rhule will steer clear as a rookie head coach who will guide a freshman Panthers quarterback at Teddy Bridgewater who works for a third-year owner at David Tepper, “Yahoo said. Sports noted.

Two weeks ago, Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien told the Houston Chronicle that he would definitely kneel during the national anthem. He said, “Yes, I will kneel. I am totally for it. Players have the right to protest, to be heard, and to be who they are. They are not kneeling because they are against our flag. They are kneeling because they have not been treated equally in this country for over 400 years. “He added:

I have always felt strongly about racial injustice because I was raised that way. I firmly believe that whites have to be with blacks in our country. Black lives matter. Police brutality is part of it, obviously, but this is much deeper than that. There are 800,000 police officers and female police officers in this country, and many of them are trying to do the right thing for their community. It’s like what was said at George Floyd’s funeral: It’s about humanity coming together and treating each other as equals.

Former NFL security Burgess Owens, who is black, played 10 years in the NFL and is now running for Congress in Utah, said earlier this week:

We have too many Americans who now accept the idea that the flag should be a place where people should be ashamed or kneel, that comes down to it. I am disappointed that so many people accept today. They don’t understand the American way; They do not understand the price paid. They need to understand that we cannot be intimidated and [also] that we are not an evil country There is no other country in the world with the mixture of races and tolerance. We have to change the current narrative.

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