Former player and coach Tony Dungy said Monday that players participating in protests Sunday across the National Football League had two targets: the right for free speech and President Donald Trump.
In his appearance on NBC’s “Today,” Dungy said players either taking a knee during the National Anthem or deciding to stay in the locker room on Sunday had nothing to do with the U.S. flag or the nation’s military but about social change in the treatment of black Americans by local law enforcement.
Dungy, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, also said the players banded together after Trump singled-out previous players including former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during a speech Friday and on statements made through Twitter that called for those players to be fired by NFL owners.
“Yesterday… a group of our family got attacked … we’re going to bow up, band together as a family.”- Tony Dungy https://t.co/X702fX6GJ9
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 25, 2017
“Up until yesterday, the players would want people to know that this was not about the flag and this was not about patriotism. It was about social change. Yesterday, this was a group of our family who got attacked and called names and told they were unpatriotic and should be fired for what we feel is demonstrating our First Amendment right. We are going to bow up, band together as a family and they reacted. You had people who hadn’t been involved in this movement now saying I am going to side with my teammates.”
SOURCE: WCYB News 5