Russell Okung wants to show Beto O’Rourke’s anthem answer to NFL owners
Los Angeles Chargers left tackle Russell Okung has an idea how to connect with NFL owners on the league’s national anthem policy show them Beto O’Rouke’s viral response to being asked if kneeling during the playing of “Star-Spangled Banner” is disrespectful.
At a campaign event in Houston last week, O’Rouke, a Texas Democrat seeking to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, said there was “nothing more American” than taking a knee during the anthem.
Okung said he plans to show the response at a meeting between owners and the player’s union on Monday.
At today’s meeting between @NFLPA reps @NFL execs/owners, I plan to share this viral video of @RepBetoORourke being asked if NFL players kneeling is disrespectful. The tone he sets makes me proud to be a Texan gives me hope that a productive dialogue is possible [THREAD] https://t.co/HZeALcmOR0 Russell Okung (@RussellOkung) August 27, 2018
They would have been correct. Perhaps its not too late.What if owners adopted a leadership posture, recognizing reasonable people can disagree on this issue instead of viewing player protests as a threat. Russell Okung (@RussellOkung) August 27, 2018
We dont have to accept the epidemic of unarmed black humans being murdered. We dont have to accept the narrative that players are protesting the anthem (See: @CBS). We dont have to accept the fact that @Kaepernick7 @E_Reid35 are not on a roster despite their proven talent. Russell Okung (@RussellOkung) August 27, 2018
I’m looking forward to today’s meeting in NYC. I believe this face to face conversation is pivotal will determine if meaningful progress will be made. Critically, I hope we can stop avoiding the conversation that @RepBetoORourke so eloquently encouraged us to have. Stay tuned! Russell Okung (@RussellOkung) August 27, 2018
The NFL has shelved a reformed anthem policy that banned kneeling on the sideline during the anthem after the NFLPA filed a grievance.
The league and the player’s union remain in discussions to rework the policy.