- The Washington Times
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Titans defensive end Jurrell Casey is not a fan of the NFL’s new national anthem policy.

Caseytold CNN on Wednesday that he plans to “protest during the flag” for this upcoming season after the NFL’s decision to forbid protests during the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

I’m going to take a fine this year, why not?” Casey said. “I’m going to protest during the flag. That’s what I’m going to say now.”

In May, the NFL announced teams would be fined if one of their players or personnel opted to protest during the national anthem. Players now have the option of staying inside the locker room, but it’s mandatory that a player must “stand and show respect” if on the sidelines. Commissioner Roger Goodell also has the option to impose additional discipline.

Casey said the rule change would not “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.” 

Over the last two years, Casey raised a fist during the anthem.

The Titans star told CNN he was protesting the treatment of minorities in the criminal justice system. 

Casey is one of the Titans’ best players. Last year, he finished with six sacks. 

He said he was prepared for the backlash that he could face.

“There is always going to be blowback, that is what America is about,” Casey said. “They always like to go on social media and go hard. It is what it is, at the end of the day, I don’t pay no mind to it. I’m going to do what I do that’s going to bring light to my community.

“At the end of the day we got to do a job. But I will continue to use my platform to keep on speaking up.”

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