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Jason Whitlock Blasts NFL Kneelers: ‘If These Guys Want To Protest, There Are Six Other Days In The Week’

On Wednesday, sportswriter Jason Whitlock appeared on Fox News and blasted the NFL players who want to kneel during the national anthem, asserting, “If these guys want to protest, there are six other days in the week.”

Whitlock was interviewed by host Brian Kilmeade.

Kilmeade stated, “Over the last 24 hours, the NFL players union has fired back against the NFL’s May decision ordering players to stand for the national anthem or stay in the locker room. The players association just filed a grievance against the league demanding that they have a right to kneel, sit or do something else, protest. They want that right to be restored. Is that going to do anything to win back fans of the NFL? Jason Whitlock, cohost of ‘Speak for Yourself’ joins us right now on the Fox Sports 1 studios. Jason, is this going to help or hurt the league?”

Whitlock pulled no punches:

I think it’s going to hurt the league; and I think it will hurt the individual players as well in terms of the brand of NFL player. These guys just don’t seem to get it. They are branding themselves as unpatriotic in a sport that since Pete Rozelle in the 1960s has branded itself as over-patriotic. This is completely off-brand and off the business model the NFL has established for itself and its players. It’s bad business. If these guys want to protest, there are six other days in the week. There’s 21 other hours on Sunday for them to do that. When you’re playing in the NFL, your goal is to make as much money as humanly possible for playing a dangerous game and then take that money and support whatever causes you believe in. This is so crystal-clear I have no idea what those guys are thinking.

Kilmeade commented that most white owners and fans wanted people to stand for the national anthem while most black players said they wanted the right to protest what was wrong in society, and were upset that their right to protest was being taken away.

Whitlock responded, “Listen. man, my father was a small business man in Indianapolis, and the customer is always right when you go into business. So you have to please your customer base. This isn’t about a handful of players and how they feel. I’ll push back; I want DeMaurice Smith, the head of the players’ union, to poll the 1,700 NFL players. How many of them want to kneel during the national anthem and want to continue this fight? I don’t think it’s a majority; I think it’s less than a hundred. If that’s the case, why are you as a union out supporting what a hundred or less players want as opposed to what 1,500, 1,600 other players want done? This should not be a priority because there’s not that many NFL players that want to see this happen.”



  1. SAF

    July 13, 2018 at 1:49 am

    That’s right man. Jason Whitlock has got it exactly right. At the beginning stages of the last NFL season, I burned my Browns Jersey. I had three of them. I didn’t go to one game last year and I didn’t buy one piece of merchandise. So, if they want to continue this fight, go right ahead. They will ultimately fight themselves right out of a job. No more millions of dollars for these people. I’m telling you man. People do not want to see protesting a sport that is the epitome of our republic. Football is as American as apple pie. Kneeling is NOT PATRIOTIC, and I wont stand for it anymore. I just will not go to one game this year if I see players protesting our flag. I could have ended up dying for that flag when I was in the military. What the hell is wrong with these people.

    • Dean Perry

      July 13, 2018 at 4:52 am

      What is wrong with you? You think you were in the military to protect a flag????? SAD!

      • Kevin

        July 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm

        Shut up Dean and go away!

  2. Brenda

    July 13, 2018 at 1:53 am

    Do you know its against the law to protest on privately owned property? You must have the property owners permission to protest on their property. So, if the NFL owners says no to the protest on their property , it is illegal!!

    • Dean Perry

      July 13, 2018 at 4:51 am

      Nope! Those stadiums were built with taxpayers money… the owners own the team, not the property.

  3. Smitty

    July 13, 2018 at 5:49 am

    Well, it is my right to protest the protesters! There are too few of them and yet they think they are the majority. I think they should be reminded who pays them. I cannot understand those who think that they are owed something for nothing. This country was built by people who gave 100% to this country. Those in the military are defending our flag since it is a symbol of our country. Mr. Perry just doesn’t get that concept and is showing his disrespect for our country in the way he comes at people who care for our country.

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