Titans owner supports players in war of words with Trump over anthem protests

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NASHVILLE, Tenn (WKRN) – The Tennessee Titans have joined NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a show of solidarity in the wake of President Trump’s suggestion that NFL players be fired over kneeling during the national anthem.

Titans controlling owner, Amy Adams Strunk, released an official statement on the matter.

“I am proud to stand with our players and support them in their work on and off the football field. I completely agree with Commissioner Goodell that we are better off as a nation when we are unified and pulling together. I have seen that kind of attitude first-hand in Tennessee and across our country in the many benevolent and public-spirited efforts of our NFL players, often without any public recognition. Our players make public contributions day-in and day-out and when I hear anyone making disparaging remarks about them, I know it has to be the result of not knowing what they bring to our communities or what they have accomplished,” Strunk stated.

Trump made comments on the protests at a rally for Alabama Senator Luther Strange Friday night in Huntsville, Alabama.

Trump stated that NFL players who refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” are exhibiting a “total disrespect of our heritage.”

Several NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice. Last week at NFL games, four players sat or knelt during the anthem, and two raised fists while others stood by the protesters in support.

“That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a b*** off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.”

Trump echoed his comments on Twitter early Saturday.