Fans Blast Multi-Millionaire Tennessee Titan Who Promises to Protest During Anthem

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If people thought the recent NFL rule change meant to stop player protests  during the National Anthem, they were wrong, according to a new report which focuses on Tennessee Titans star defensive end Jurrell Casey.

With less than three weeks to go until the start of preseason, Tennessee Titans star defensive end Jurrell Casey told CNN Sport on Wednesday in an exclusive interview he will remain on the field and protest during the US national anthem, while accepting any fines levied on him this season.

Casey also seemed to make it clear he’s directly protesting the flag.

“I’m going to take a fine this year, why not?” said Casey at an NFL promotional event in London. “I’m going to protest during the flag. That’s what I’m going to say now.”

Casey, coming off three straight Pro-Bowl appearances with the Titans, is the most prominent player so far to state his intention to flout the new NFL rules which dictate that players must either “stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem” or remain out of public view in the locker room.

Judging  from his comments, the college educated multi-millionaire may  have developed his penchant for standing during English classes. If his grasp of opposing offensive players was as bad as his grasp of the language, it’s hard to imagine being offered any type of NFL contract at all.

“I’m going to take my fine,” Casey added. “It is what it is, I ain’t going to let them stop me from doing what I want to do. If they want to have these battles between players and organizations, this is the way it’s going to be.”

The veteran going into his eighth NFL season with the Titans noted that his actions will be a continuation from his protests last year, where he raised a fist after the anthem was played and “wanted to be respectful.”

The 28-year-old signed a $60.4 million, four-year extension with the Titans in 2017, including $40 million of it guaranteed, according to the NFL.

Titan fans calling in to WTN’s Nashville’s Morning News with Brian Wilson were unanimous in their sentiment bashing Casey’s promise to kneel during the playing of the national anthem.

Host Brian Wilson shared those sentiments, and express them eloquently in a five minute segment on his show.

“It’s not his team. It’s not his platform. It’s not his show. He is an employee of the Titans,” Wilson said of Casey.

“I just want to tell him, ‘Shut up and play football,” Wilson added.

You can hear the full five minute segment in the link included in this tweet from SuperTalk 99.7 WTN:

 

 

 

Casey also spoke out in favor of controversial non-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. But for now, the spotlight should seem to  remain on Casey. Certainly, President Donald Trump who made the push back against the anti-American protests a national cause likely won’t be ignoring additional protests in the future. That puts the ball in the hands of, not just the NFL, but the Tennessee Titans, as well. fans are  sure  to want to know what Titans management and new head  coach, Mike Vrabel, intend to do about it.

Kaepernick’s situation does not sit well with Casey.

“I think he definitely deserves it,” he said. “For all these trash quarterbacks you see that get a shot, that come in and sit on the bench all day, you got a starting quarterback that’s out there that can go out there and play.

The new rule has  some leeway as to how teams can handle the issue. Titans’ controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk has endorsed player’s rights to remain in the locker room during the playing  of the anthem as a form of protest. So far, she has yet  to speak out on this new controversy, one not likely to go away, or go over big with Titan fans.

NFL fines will be billed to teams, who have it in their discretion to enforce pre-game anthem observation as they see fit.

The NFL did not specify the amount of the fines, and left open the option of fining players directly by imposing “appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.”

The rules were approved by all 32 NFL owners, with at least one — San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York — abstaining, while New York Jets co-owner Christopher Johnson said he would absorb any fines on behalf of his protesting players.

Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk has indicated she accepts her players’ rights to remain in the locker room, though has not made any public comment on those who protest on field.

It is unclear so far whether the NFL will have a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of protest surrounding the anthem, though at least one player appears set to test the boundaries.

The  team already spit in fans’ faces once over  the protests: Tennessee Titan on winning back fans angry over protests: ‘Don’t come to the game’. It  was  widely reported how unhappy Tennessee Titan fans were  with the  protests. One  would imagine  they’ll be anxious  to hear  what management has to say about the issue, now that efforts to be rid of the controversy appear  to have fallen apart thanks to Casey.

The Tennessean was good enough to pass along a message to football fans from Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker, particularly those fans angered that the team stayed in the locker room Sunday during the national anthem: No one told you to come.

And  he’s re-igniting the controversy while not even on American soil.

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12 Thoughts to “Fans Blast Multi-Millionaire Tennessee Titan Who Promises to Protest During Anthem”

  1. Ron Baker

    Never watching NFL again..

  2. L. P. Barnett

    Let’s examine just what Kaepernick, Casey, and their ilk are protesting. Black men being killed by police or black men incarcerated by our justice system. That is it! Facts are funny things; they tell the truth. And the truth is most men killed by police are white. There are more black men incarcerated because more crime is committed by black men! And while you’re checking facts, check into Kaepernick’s girlfriend and her influence on him. I expect to be excoriated by my words, but as I said…..Facts are funny things!

  3. lb

    We stopped supporting the Titans last year or watching ANY NFL games. I would like to note one thing: This guy is vacationing in EUROPE–if he is SO concerned about “social justice” he SHOULD be working in the inner cities–but he isnt. He is on vacation–IN EUROPE
    Yeah–Just another PHONY POSEUR

  4. Rick

    The NFL today is an embarrassment. You cannot communicate with ignorance.

  5. Ben

    I’m a lifelong Tennessean. This just ensures another season not watching NFL at all. That includes the Titans. Won’t watch the game. Won’t buy their merchandise for me or anyone else and sincerely hope the NFL sees another season of double digit rating losses. Overpaid primadonnas. Wish they would go find another country where they could make the money they make here. Oh I forgot. It doesn’t exist‼‼

    1. Ron W

      Right on, Ben, re: “another country”. Colin Kaepernick, the instigator of these protests, had the ignorant gall to wear a Fidel Castro tee shirt!! He could never earn the money there, plus if he dared to question or protest government policies in Communist Cuba, he’d be thrown in jail to rot away or stood up against a wall and shot. The ignorance about socialism, communism and fascism among young people in their 20’s and early 30’s, especially pro athletes, is astonishing.

  6. Wayne

    i gave my PSLs up 3 yrs ago due to horrible management of the Titans. They’ve never given me a reason to regret my decision.

  7. Tim Prather

    Gave up on the NFL – it’s a shameful circumstance. the league had the opportunity to nip this but fear of not being politically correct won out. Players are employees and representatives of the company (team). If they get away with such disregard for the sacrifices made by so many then I see it as the company condoning the behavior.

  8. Randall

    He’s protesting the very country that made him rich.

  9. Ron W

    Almost without exception, none of the fans in the stands or watching on TV who are the sources of NFL players’ income, may use their places of employment as platforms for political protest or advocacy. NFL players should be treated equally and without preference in that regard. They have the right to protest or advocate in many ways, like all the rest of us, when they leave their place of employment.

  10. Angelito

    #boycott #NFL

    The players are disrespectful morons. The owners are worse. Ignore the entire pile of steaming dung and enjoy your Sundays elsewhere.

    I will never watch the NFL again.

    1. Ron W

      “The owners are worse.” Yep!

      I will say that IF some other players started hijacking the Anthem ceremony to demonstrate for or against some other issue, then I think the owners would end it. For example, if some players demonstrated in support of 2nd Amendment rights, which the NFL has opposed, I think they would end Anthem demonstrations.

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