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Pacman Jones Opposed to Kneeling During Anthem: ‘Find Another Way to Protest’

Longtime NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones said players who want to kneel during the United States national anthem should “figure out another way” to protest racial injustice because social issues “don’t have nothing to do with the national anthem.”

On Saturday, TMZ Sports provided Jones’ comments about the hot-button topic. In May, the NFL announced new guidelines forcing players to either stand for the anthem or remain in the locker room until “The Star-Spangled Banner” is complete.new nike nfl jerseys cheap

“I’m all for standing for the anthem,” Jones said. “… I have a couple of family members that have been over to Iraq.”

The NFL Players Association filed a non-injury grievance against the league Tuesday regarding the new anthem guidelines. The union argues the policy is “inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights.”

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the movement in August 2016.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he told NFL Media at the time. “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Many athletes, both in the NFL and around the sports world, followed his lead.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the Niners in March 2017 and has remained a free agent ever since. He’s involved in an ongoing collusion grievance against the NFL, alleging he’s been kept out of the league for non-football reasons.

The anthem issue has frequently drawn the attention of U.S. President Donald Trump, who suggested in September that owners should fire players who don’t stand, per Sophie Tatum of CNN.

“For a week, (that owner would) be the most popular person in this country,” he said. “Because that’s a total disrespect of our heritage. That’s a total disrespect for everything we stand for.”nfl nike jersey cheap

In October, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters the league and its owners “believe everyone should stand for the national anthem.”