Things got very heated during a Fox News panel about the ongoing NFL anthem controversy.
Horace Cooper — co-chair of Project 21, a network of black conservatives — said that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who said that players “should” stand during the National Anthem, made an “incomplete pass” on the issue. In Cooper’s view, the American people “made it very clear” that they “reject” the kneeling and now the trend of falling support for the NFL will continue.
Meanwhile, civil rights attorney Leo Terrell disagreed, pointing to people who “get a beer” from the kitchen or “run and get a hot dog” during the Anthem. Fox News guest host Trish Regan dismissed Terrell’s argument because these players “are working for a team owner” who “ultimately has the right” to decide whether or not to allow kneeling.
“Is Roger Goodell so afraid of those players?” Regan asked. “Are the team owners so afraid of those players walking off the field that they are allowing them to basically thumb their nose at the American public?”
Cooper responded by saying that “a few bad eggs” may “ruin a multi-billion dollar industry.”
“They can’t even give us a specific and detailed outline of their critique,” Cooper elaborated. “If they want to have that, they can do it on their time.”
Terrell then accused President Donald Trump of “hijacking” this issue to make it about patriotism and reiterated the many people that “go to the kitchen” during the anthem.
“That’s a bunch of baloney!” Regan said. “I’ll tell you one thing, every single time I hear the national anthem anyway — every single time I sing the national anthem — I get goosebumps and I feel very privileged and very honored to have grown up in this country with all the opportunities I have had. And you know what? You’re pretty darn lucky if you’re out there collecting a pretty nice paycheck working for the NFL. Shouldn’t you honor that opportunity?”
“You know what makes this country great?” Terrell asked. “People have the right to have a different opinion… Is there racial injustice in this country?”
“Well, why is that an issue that suddenly is creeping into football?” Regan shot back.
She also slammed Goodell and the NFL for their “inconsistencies” regarding domestic violence and concussions.
“If Roger Goodell and the NFL and the team owners actually cared about their players, they would have been out in front of all these issues,” Regan continued. “They were nowhere to be found. You know why? It didn’t matter economically… A paycheck does matter and ultimately is probably going to be what decides this when ratings keep going down.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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