The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance against the new ruling over how players should conduct themselves during the playing of the National Anthem prior the football games, but not all of the players are waiting for the outcome to express their intentions when it comes to the National Anthem.
Defensive end for the Tennessee Titans Jurrell Casey has announced his intention to continuing his protest against social injustice on the field while The Anthem is played.
Speaking on his decision Casey said, “It is what it is, at the end of the day, I don’t pay no mind to it. I’m going to do what I do that’s going to bring light to my community. … I will continue to use my platform to keep on speaking up.”
While some players took a knee in protest, Casey chose to raise a fist abd said that his protests will be a continuation from last season.
Noting that some of his fellow players are not happy with the new ruling, Casey said, “I feel it’s not right, I don’t think it was a good decision for the NFL to come up with that ruling. But they have their reasons for what they’ve done.”
The Tennessee Titans have not responded to Casey’s remarks.
In 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem as a way to bring awareness of social injustice toward people of colour. As the weeks went on more players began joining the movement. And while Kapernick did not play during the 2017 football season, his efforts continued.
But after a very vocal protest based on false information, the NFL Commissioner took action and passed a ruling that stated any player who came out on the field prior to the start of the game must stand for the performing of the National Anthem. Players who did not wish to comply may remain in the locker room.
Players who do not comply with the ruling are subject to being fined by The League and/or the team.