Delanie Walker and the Tennessee Titans did not come out for the National Anthem last Sunday. After the game Walker explained that he supports the troops and players are not trying to disrespect the military. Walker said the protest is about equal rights.
Those comments were not good enough for some. Most notably the people who sent Walker and his family death threats. I don’t think that’s the kind of thing that will convince players to stop protesting. Walker is a two-time Walter Payton Man of the Year with the Titans.
The Tennessee Titans fans are the best in the NFL. What we do on the field every Sunday would mean nothing without knowing we are supported by the city of Nashville and the fans that have been by our side over the years. One of the many things I gained from spending time in the Middle East on the NFL’s USO Tour this spring, is an appreciation for America’s core values and an even greater appreciation for the men and women that defend those values. In being asked about our team’s decision on Sunday to stay in the locker room for the National Anthem, I used strong words to defend our right to make our own choices. Both my choice to spark dialogue for positive change and the fans’ choice to attend our games. It’s that freedom of choice that makes our democracy the envy of many around the world. The death threats that my family and I have received since my comments are heartbreaking. The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric. These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue. I am proud to represent the many faces of Titans fans and believe that only through a more respectful discourse can we achieves the goals of unity, peace and racial equality that I know we all strive for. Titan Up
This week the Titans were back on the sideline during the National Anthem. Everyone except for wide receiver Rishard Matthews who said he would kneel for the National Anthem until Donald Trump apologized for his remarks. Instead of kneeling, Matthews was not on the field for the Anthem.