Michael Strahan says he would kneel for nationwide anthem if he nonetheless performed | NFL


Michael Strahan has some ideas on one of many greatest storylines heading into the 2018 season.

Throughout his Monday look on “The Ellen Present,” the Corridor of Fame defensive finish and Giants nice applauded the collaborative effort between Nike and Colin Kaepernick to make clear the social points behind the nationwide anthem protests within the NFL.

Strahan shared his ideas on the controversial matter after Nike was criticized for utilizing the previous 49ers quarterback as its spokesperson for its “Simply Do It” advert marketing campaign, first discussing his retired Military Main father and the way the stance will not be meant to disrespect these within the service.

“I do know why [Colin Kaepernick] knelt was not in any disrespect to the navy or anyone within the armed providers as a result of I’ve an appreciation for that,” Strahan stated. “And when my father can take a look at me and inform me that he is not offended and that he understands, then how may I — who did not try this service — be offended?

“That is one of many issues you are able to do on this nation — is you may protest — and [Colin’s] protesting injustices that he sees taking place. And I take my hat off to him as a result of he actually did sacrifice and put a lot on the road for different those that he had no thought who they have been — he by no means met them, didn’t know them — and he put his life and profession on the road.”

When requested if he would kneel alongside Kaepernick supporters if he have been nonetheless enjoying in the present day, Strahan stated he would take a knee in protest.

“I believe I’d have [kneeled],” Strahan stated. “I’d have had a dialog with my father, and primarily based on that dialog, and conversations, I’ve had with him, I’m fairly positive I’d have.

“However I additionally would’ve been proactive in getting extra organized as a result of I do imagine that there must be extra group between the gamers and the possession.”

The NFL handed a brand new coverage in Could that said gamers couldn’t kneel throughout the anthem on the sideline however may return to the locker room when it was performed. The coverage was halted so the league may work out additional particulars and it was reported Sunday that guidelines for gamers and coaches to comply with won’t be applied this season in spite of everything.

Kaepernick, who claims he has been blackballed by the NFL for first taking a knee two years in the past, praised Dolphins vast receivers Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills for kneeling throughout the anthem Sunday earlier than their recreation towards the Titans.

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