On Tuesday, quarterback Matt Ryan said he was not “in a position to disrespect our flag” during the national anthem.
Ryan, who is from Pittsburgh, said he did not kneel during the anthem, which has been a point of contention since President Donald Trump took office.
“I didn’t do that, I didn’t feel that was the right thing to do, and I didn’t do that at the time,” Ryan told NBC’s Chuck Todd.
“And I’m not going to do it any more.”
Ryan also said he’s been asked about the controversy after former Colts quarterback Andrew Luck called him out for kneeling during the National Anthem.
The Colts’ Andrew Luck and the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Matt Scott.
AP Ryan said Wednesday that he was never in a position “to disrespect our country,” and said he didn’ t have to kneel to protest racism, the treatment of minorities, or other topics.
When asked if he had a problem with the way the anthem was being played in some parts of the country, Ryan said: “Absolutely not.”
Ryan has previously expressed support for the kneeling protests by NFL players, which have spread throughout the league.
Earlier this week, Ryan and teammate Eli Manning joined the other NFL players in protesting during the playing of the National Song.
But Ryan said on Wednesday that while he believes in protesting against racism, that is not his main focus.
“I’m not in a place to disrespect anybody’s country.
I’m in a country of people.
So I’m a patriot,” Ryan said.
He added that he has no problem with kneeling during his anthem, but he did question why people were kneeling during it in the first place.
“If you’re a patriot, you want to honor the country that made you, but I don’t want to disrespect it.
I want to give back, so I have to think about that a little bit,” Ryan added.
“I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing, but at the same time, you don’t have to do something that’s not right for you.
You just have to look at the facts.”
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