Former NFL star Herschel Walker weighed in on the recent NFL protests. Walker said he doesn’t believe sports and politics should be intertwined.
During Week 1, the NFL has held demonstrations for social injustices and the Black Lives Matter movement. Several teams have protested the national anthem by staying in the locker room. Other players have knelt during the song or raised their fists. Before every game, the league has played “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. The song has become known as the black national anthem. Players have also worn the names of victims of police violence on their helmets.
“First of all, it’s great unity. But as I said early on, there shouldn’t be politics in sport,” Walker told Fox News. “What’s the end game?”
Herschel Walker said players have the right to protest but so do fans.
Walker said he can understand the players’ perspective but questioned the end goal. After playing college football, Walker spent 12 years in the NFL. He played for the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants before retiring in 1997.
“The players do have a right to protest. But they must realize that fans have a right to protest as well,” Walker said. “So if they boo, you can’t be upset. If they don’t watch the show, you can’t be upset.”
Walker referred to fans booing a “moment of unity” between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans. Rating for Sunday Night Football were down almost 28 percent compared to last year. Walker said he urges the league to take its activism off the field.
“Instead of everybody having their folded arms and closed fists, why don’t we have an open hand?” he asked. “We all come together. And I’d love to go with you, the NFL, all major league sports, let’s go to Washington. Let’s get the Democratic, let’s get the Republican people together.”
[H/T: Fox News]