Last year protests dominated headlines in the National Football League as players were shining a light on police brutality. Over the summer, the league and owners attempted to curb the protests by stating players had the option of staying in the locker room during the national anthem, Tenessee Titan Jurrell Casey will be continuing his protests.
Speaking with CNN on Wednesday, Casey stated the new regulation will not impact how he chooses to approach protests.
“I’m going to take my fine,” Casey said. “It is what it is, I ain’t going to let them stop me from doing what I want to do. If they want to have these battles between players and organizations, this is the way it’s going to be.”
The rule that was passed by the NFL required players to stand if they are on the field and to respect the flag. In the past two seasons, Casey has raised a fist at the conclusion of the national anthem and stated he “wanted to be respectful.”
Anthem protests were sparked as a response to police brutality but President Donald Trump and some segments of fans have skewed the meaning to be disrespectful to the country.
Protests were sparked by then San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick who has since been seemingly shut out of the NFL. When asked about the QB currently not being signed to a roster, Casey stated: “For all these trash quarterbacks you see that get a shot, that come in and sit on the bench all day, you got a starting quarterback that’s out there that can go out there and play.”