Aaron Rodgers On Anthem Protests: “It Was Never About The Flag or Troops”

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Aaron Rodgers gets it.

During an interview with Kevin Clark of The Ringer, Rodgers discussed many things including players decision to kneel during the anthem;  Here’s what he had to say:

“If you’re going to take the focus off of what the protest was really about—it was never about the anthem; it was never about the troops; it was about social equality and racial injustice—then make it all about the anthem. Everybody in the stadium stands and does the exact same thing. You have people in the concession, people in the bathroom; you’ve got cameramen on their knee watching. You can’t have it one way or another.”

Rodgers also said NFL owners shouldn’t be able to create new rules during the offseason, such as the new National Anthem protest guidelines that have since been put on hold, “without ratifying it through the players.”

The Packers begin their 2018 season with their first preseason game against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday.