This past Sunday, both the Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans stayed in the tunnel during the playing of the national anthem. Their actions were a direct response to the comments made by Presidential Donald Trump during a rally in Alabama.
If you’re looking for any type of apology or sympathy, you won’t get it from Delanie Walker.
In a response to the many fans that have stated they won’t be showing up for anymore games because of the protest, the Tennessee Titans tight end had a quick and easy solution for them: Don’t show up.
“First off, I’m going to say this: We’re not disrespecting the military, the men and women that serve in the Army. That’s not what it’s all about,” Walker told Jason Wolf of The Tennessean. “If you look at most of the guys in here – I’ve been in the USO. I support the troops. This is not about that. It’s about equal rights, and that’s all everyone is trying to show, is that we all care about each other.
“And the fans that don’t want to come to the game? I mean, OK. Bye. I mean, if you feel that’s something, we’re disrespecting you, don’t come to the game. You don’t have to. No one’s telling you to come to the game. It’s your freedom of choice to do that.”
Shortly after the article was published, Walker took to Twitter and replied to everybody who had an issue with what he said.
— Delanie walker (@delaniewalker82) September 27, 2017
This is why I love real TENNESSEE TITANS fans
— Delanie walker (@delaniewalker82) September 28, 2017
No word from the team if they are going to continue their anthem protests.