New England’s McCourty Unhappy with NFL’s ‘dumb’ Anthem Policy
By Stephen Hewitt
FOXBORO -- Patriots safety Devin McCourty called the NFL’s new national anthem policy “dumb,” joining a growing list of players around the league to voice their displeasure with it.
After the controversy last season in which many players around the league kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, the NFL owners unanimously approved a new policy that requires players to stand during the national anthem or face discipline. The policy also gives players the option to stay in the locker room while the anthem is being played.
McCourty, who was one of several Patriots to kneel during the anthem prior to last season’s game against the Texans, said he wasn’t blindsided by the decision, but called it “dumb” and doesn’t agree with it.
“I wouldn’t go out there and say that many players are happy or feel that was the right way to do it so we are going to see how that all comes about,” McCourty said. “Not blindsided but we knew something was going to come of it and I wouldn’t say surprised. I guess you could say more just disappointed at it and I just don’t think that was the right way to lay the hammer down. I think the NFL is group where you have owners and players, it can work together. We’ll see how that works itself out. I think the team is locked into what we have now.”