Titans Player to NFL: Fine Me, I'm Still Protesting During Anthem This Season
One NFL player will continue his protest during the national anthem this season despite the new NFL rule that could slap him or his team with a fine.
Tennessee Titans defensive end Jurrell Casey said Wednesday he has no plan to change course after standing with a raised fist during the anthem last season.
“I’m going to take my fine,” said Casey, who made the Pro Bowl the past three seasons.
“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.”
In May, the NFL announced that players could stay in the locker room during the anthem, but that fines will be levied if players kneel on the field for the pregame rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Casey is the first player to announce that he still plans to protest. It's unclear if standing with a raised fist would trigger a fine from the NFL.
The controversy began in 2016 when Colin Kaepernick began kneeling for the anthem to protest police brutality against minorities.