'OK, Bye': Titans' Walker Says Fans Welcome to Stay Home Over Protests
Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker said fans upset by team demonstrations during the national anthem can stay home.
"And the fans that don't want to come to the game? I mean. OK. Bye," he told the Tennessean. "If you feel that's something - we're disrespecting you, don't come to the game."
Walker, who is in the middle of a 2-year $13.3 million contract with the Nashville-based team, said the demonstrations are not intended to be an affront to the military.
"That's not what it's all about," he said. "I've been in the [United Service Organizations]. I support the troops."
"It's about equal rights. That's all everyone is trying to show... that we all care about each other," Walker said.
Coach Mike Mularkey told the paper that he thought it was a team-wide decision to remain in the locker room last week.
But, Jessie James Decker, the country singer and wife of wide receiver Eric Decker, said her husband was not told about the plan.
UPDATE: Walker said he and his family have received death threats since he made comments defending the team's decision to skip the national anthem Sunday.