The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say they’re sticking with the gamers who determined to protest throughout Sunday’s nationwide anthem.
One of many group’s stars, Gerald McCoy, did not maintain again Monday, at some point after dozens of NFL gamers refused to face as a present of solidarity towards President Donald Trump.
“It isn’t the final time he will say one thing silly,” McCoy stated Monday at One Buc Place. “It’s extremely idiotic what he stated, it is retarded. It’s extremely silly and it is dumb. So, no matter.”
Trump made a comment at a rally on Friday that house owners ought to hearth gamers who disrespect the flag. He additionally used a profanity.
Most Buccaneers stood with their arms locked whereas the nationwide anthem earlier than Sunday’s recreation at Minnesota. However broad receivers Mike Evans and Desean Jackson took a knee with a hand on their hearts.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the anthem protest final yr to face up towards police brutality. Additionally final season, Evans refused to face for one recreation to protest Trump’s election, although he later apologized.
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McCoy additionally stated of Trump, “That dude’s loopy, man,” whereas insisting that he would help his teammates.
Coach Dirk Koetter says he stands by the NFL commissioner and Bucs possession on the difficulty. Tampa Bay co-chairman Joel Glazer stated the workforce had respect for “differing factors of view that ought to be afforded to all People.”
On Monday, Koetter stated: “I feel we additionally need to respect each individual’s proper to train their freedom of speech and I feel this can be a very fluid state of affairs as we stand right here proper now. It is all everyone’s speaking about at present.”
McCoy stated the workforce helps the army and that the difficulty is greater than Trump.
“It isn’t about trump. It is greater than that,” he stated. “So, they’ve to know no one on this staff would ever, ever, disrespect the women and men who battle for this nation.”
The Bucs, 1-1 after dropping Sunday in Minnesota, host the zero-three New York Giants this weekend at Raymond James Stadium.