New Marlins co-owner Derek Jeter says he has no problem with his players taking a knee during the national anthem.
Jeter made the comments Wednesday night at a dinner for his Turn 2 Foundation.
“The thing that I think is frustrating, this whole rhetoric that is going back and forth. People lose sight of the fact of why someone was kneeling,” said Jeter according to the New York Daily News. “They’re focused so much on the fact that they are kneeling as opposed to what they’re kneeling for. Peaceful protests are fine. You have your right to voice your opinion. As long as it’s a peaceful protest, everyone should be fine with that.”
Jeter's comments supporting the rights of players to protest comes as the NFL is deeply embroiled in the controversy.
President Trump has spoken out against NFL players taking a knee during the anthem, going so far as to asking team owners to fire them if they continue their actions.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said over the weekend that he would bench any player that kneeled during the playing of the anthem.
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