Eagles Coach Pederson Says He 'Supports Players Who Demonstrate Peacefully'

94WIP Staff
June 16, 2020 - 2:41 pm

Following the tragic death of George Floyd, many NFL players are expected to kneel during the national anthem this season, protesting police brutality and racial injustices in America. Eagles head coach Doug Pederson says he will support his players who choose to do so.

"I support players who demonstrate peacefully and stand for something," Pederson told the media on Tuesday morning during a Zoom meeting.

"We have to fix the whys," Pederson continued. "It's part of the whys and trying to understand our players. We are going to have these conversations once we get into camp.

"One of the things as a head football coach that we will continue to do is have discussions in every area. Not only with social injustice, with the anthem, but with anything that comes up. Going into my fifth year with this football team, we have been able to have dialogue and conversation. Nothing has been determined."

Pederson was asked if he has learned anything following all of the protesting and turmoil in America surrounding police brutality and racial injustice.

"What the black community, what the African-American community goes through on a daily basis.

"And for me personally, it's just understanding. I want to learn. I want to understand. I came from a world that didn't understand that. For me, as an adult, I want to be able also to take the information and teach my own boys. I love all our players, our coaches, and that for me is what I've taken away."

Colin Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem in 2016, creating a major debate across America.

Recently, two white NFL players, Baker Mayfield and J.J. Watt, both made it clear they support kneeling and peacefully protesting during the national anthem. Former Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who signed with the Saints this offseason, has been outspoken about this issue and recently was hired by CNN as a contributing speaker on race relations.

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