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Published On: Fri, Oct 7th, 2016

Lou Holtz addresses National Anthem protests, football not used to promote causes

The famous college football coach Lou Holtz spoke out about the National Anthem protests, made more popular by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who took a knew during the Star Spangled Banner to object to a “country that oppresses black people and people of color” saying that “there are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Now students in college and high schools are emulating the quarterback and Holtz tries to put the focus elsewhere.

“I do not fault the athletes, I do not fault the band members, I fault the leadership.  They have a choice, they can make that choice, they wanted to kneel down,” Holtz told the FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo.

east-caolinra-band-members-protesting-nantional-anthem5Holtz put it on the team’s leadership to make the school’s policy clear to the players. He believes at the beginning of the year the leadership should say, “Men, we will not use this football team to promote any other cause except the university we represent. We aren’t going to promote abortion, pro-life, or anything else.  You want to make that case, you’re free to do so, I welcome it, this country is great, but you are going to make us part of this football team.  This football team’s about our university and about excellence.  You go do it on your own, but you aren’t going to do it with the football team.”

When Bartiromo brought up the decline in ratings for the NFL’s Monday Night Football games, Holtz responded, “There’s no doubt the ratings are down, now maybe it was because one of the games was up against the presidential debate.”

Holtz was then asked if prohibiting the protests in the NFL was the right move.

“Well, I know when I coached in the NFL, we practiced standing for the National Anthem with our toes on the 50 yard line and our helmets under our left hand and our right hand on our heart.  I saw the Minnesota Vikings do it under Bud Grant.  That was [the] most impressive thing before the game to show the respect, the togetherness.  What gets me is, you have the right to do it, I’m not criticizing that, but it’s the people in the leadership that have to decide what they’re going to do with it.”

Like President Obama, Kaepernick is the biological child of a white woman and a black man. He was born in 1987 and adopted by white parents in Wisconsin. Kaepernick signed a 6-year contract with the 49ers in 2015 for $114 million. He has also been paid millions of additional dollars through endorsement deals.

On Sept. 14 of 2015, Kapernick was fined $11,00 by the NFL for using a racial slur, “f***ing n***a/er” during the 28-20 loss against the Chicago Bears.

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