Herschel Walker, NFL great & former MMA Fighter, speaks at a press conference to show support of professional fighters study at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on April 26, 2016 in the Russell Senate Building in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Spike TV)
JuliaKate E. Culpepper ,The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Started by Colin Kaepernick last season, it has become common for NFL players to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem in protest of police brutality and social injustice in the United States.
“I absolutely think the protests are so upsetting, and I blame the commissioner,” Walker said, according to the New York Post. “I know people are going to be angry when I say it, but he should have stopped the protests at the very beginning."
Above all else, Walker said in an interview with TMZ in September that players are at work during the games and should treat their jobs and bosses with respect.
“Everyone needs to stand. Everyone needs to be respectful,” Walker told TMZ. “And then what I’d do (if I were commissioner) is (say), ‘Guys, during the offseason, if you want to go walk the picket line in front of Congress, I will be right there with you.’”
President Donald Trump has continually voiced his opinion that the NFL should implement a rule demanding players stand during the playing of the national anthem.