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NFL's Eric Decker 'Wasn't Aware' He Took Part in Anthem Protest

NFL's Eric Decker 'Wasn't Aware' He Took Part in Anthem Protest

The Tennessee Titans football team stayed in the locker room while the National Anthem played ahead of their game on Sunday (September 24), however, one player, Eric Decker, wasn’t aware and would have stood on the field.

Eric‘s wife, Jessie James Decker, spoke out on Instagram.

“Sadly he wasn’t made aware that a decision had made for him until he came out and it was over,” the 29-year-old country singer wrote in a comment (via People). “If he had known he would have been out there hand over heart. Unfortunately, he wasn’t made aware it was time to head to the field as they always do every game.”

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The Titans released a statement, “As a team, we wanted to be unified in our actions today. The players jointly decided this was the best course of action. Our commitment to the military and our community is resolute and the absence of our team for the national anthem shouldn’t be misconstrued as unpatriotic.”

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  • meme

    ah, yes, i sense some regret going on in the NFL. that said, how could he NOT know? surely they discussed it in the locker room.

  • Sansa Squad

    There’s no way he didn’t know – unless he really is as dumb as he seems on their show. She’s obvi trying to save face with her audience (their fanbase seems pretty conservative-leaning, no?) and lying to do it. Really, how stupid do they think people are? If he’s going to stand with his teammates he has every right to, but just own it – don’t let your wife make excuses for you on social media.

  • mwest

    Before 2009 the NFL players all stayed in the locker room when the National Anthem was played. It’s only after the Military department started paying the NFL to use them as a recruitment tool that we started this tradition of having players stand before a game outside when the National Anthem was playing.

    So in The Trump logic, all those teams and players before 2009 and the payoffs from the govt, were somehow disrespecting the flag.

    Also how many people complaining about this actually stand at home when the anthem is played. How many are too busy at home and at the stadium getting their hot dogs and beer to even pay attention.

    The faux outrage on this is telling. And yes, the fact that Trump feels free to attack only black players for this says all you need to know about the current state of America.

  • matthewriddick1

    He’s gorgeous but dumb as bricks!

  • matthewriddick1

    He’s gorgeous but dumb as bricks!

  • vicki

    Is he just stupid?? Or ignorant? Or both?

  • vicki

    Is he just stupid?? Or ignorant? Or both?

  • Curt Noydb

    You are literally to stupid to even insult. Did you hear this on CNN or on the ride in the Short Bus to school?

  • meme

    The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the NFL League Rulebook. It states:
    “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.
    “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition…
    …It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
    This is not a first amendment issue but part of the players’ NFL employment contract.

  • meme

    When at a game and in my seat when the anthem is played, I stand up as does everyone around me. Watching a game in your living room is like comparing apples to buffalos.

  • Sansa Squad

    Making tired, unfunny jokes at the expense of mentally challenged kids? Looks like you’re the one *too stupid to insult…

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I just read that a Steelers player issued a statement saying he slept badly last night and now regrets staying in the locker room. These guys are catching the backlash HARD.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    I just read that a Steelers player issued a statement saying he slept badly last night and now regrets staying in the locker room. These guys are catching the backlash HARD.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    He’s an athlete — so … both? I keep asking when did athletes grow brains. For decades – right up until these past days – athletes were NOTORIOUS for being not too bright. I still believe they are not too bright, and all this speechifying is scripted and rehearsed.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    He’s an athlete — so … both? I keep asking when did athletes grow brains. For decades – right up until these past days – athletes were NOTORIOUS for being not too bright. I still believe they are not too bright, and all this speechifying is scripted and rehearsed.

  • Sansa Squad

    It is super frustrating that the “backlash” to a totally peaceful protest is so vitriolic that people feel shamed or pressured into making certain choices or making excuses FOR their choices just to appease a bunch of angry people. If everyone could just be respectful we might actually be able to have a real conversation.

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  • suzybel

    He wasn’t aware? Give me a break. And stop hiding behind your wife’s skirts.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Exactly. Seems like the so-called “peaceful protesters” are a bunch of bullies.

  • Sansa Squad

    How so? What about the protest isn’t peaceful that you would assign the “so-called” descriptor? I think the most vitriolic & unjustified anger is coming from the people who don’t understand the point of taking a knee in the first place and represents a misinformed, knee-jerk reaction that’s hateful at worst and childish at best. I don’t know that I’d call anyone involved (on either “side”) a bully – I think that oversimplifies the nuances of the situation and is a mischaracterization no matter whom you assign it to, but maybe that’s just me.

  • SquidBillie

    The ones taking the knee are misinformed, and they’re the ones who have made threats to teammates if they were not fully supported. There are much better ways to protest something than disrespecting the flag (and many of the fans in the process). What are they going to accomplish with it? You think every police dept. in the country is going to change over that? They look like idiots who barely even have an idea of what it is they’re protesting.

  • Sansa Squad

    Sounds like you’re the one who doesn’t understand what they’re protesting. I haven’t heard anything about threats, but if you’d like to share your sources I’d love to know (I wouldn’t put anything past NFL players so I am genuinely curious).

    As far as disrespecting the flag, it’s considered disrespectful to fly the flag horizontally (as they do at football games) and wear it as clothing design/decoration, but no one seems too upset about that. Not to mention the whole reason they’re KNEELING is out of respect – Colin Kaepernick spoke to vets/veterans organizations to find out the most respectful way to conduct his protest and they told him taking a knee was more respectful than sitting, so he did that. And in terms of what it’s accomplishing… We’re all talking about it aren’t we? Even though a lot of people are still in denial they’re being forced to ask or at least think about uncomfortable questions/topics, which is the whole point of a protest.

  • SquidBillie

    Disrespectful to fly the flag horizontally? You mean when they bring it out in the middle of the field? That’s a new one. Now, you’re grasping at straws. It can also be flown vertically, as long as it doesn’t touch the ground. And that still doesn’t answer the question of how police departments are going to change over this. Many vets were offended by the kneeling, too, by the way.

  • Sansa Squad

    In the same flag code that lists guidelines for flag observance – like standing & hand over heart – it lists several others of seemingly equal importance. You can look it up. (I agree it’s nitpicky, but if we’re going to pick and choose what’s “offensive” and what’s not, the source of these rituals is relevant.)

    I think it’s pretty clear this country’s police forces as a whole either aren’t capable of or just aren’t interested in self-reflection or improvement. It’s more about raising awareness among the general public so communities can put outside pressure on them to change. I totally get that it makes some people upset but that’s kind of the point, and while pushing for change might seem futile, it’s better than standing around silently and doing nothing.