Football fans speak about NFL and politics colliding amid anthem controversy

Football fans in Beaumont talk about NFL and politics colliding following anthem controversy

BEAUMONT - Football fans in Beaumont watched their favorite NFL teams play on the big screen at Madison’s on Dowlen Rd Sunday.

Some did not mind the anthem controversy on the field.

“Honestly, I don’t really go much into it. I mean, I’m not one of those oh God, they should stand up, he should kneel. Really, it doesn’t bother me. But in my opinion, everyone should at least stand for the national anthem.” Said Joseph Allison.

Allison was cheering for the New Orleans Saints on Sunday and was not focusing on the players’ protest.

Over the weekend, President Donald Trump called on NFL owners to fire athletes who kneel during the national anthem.

A number of NFL players took knees during the anthem on Sunday while others locked arms in unity.

“It’s their first amendment right to protest and especially peacefully the way they are doing it so I absolutely agree. I agree with what they are doing. I fully support them 100 percent.” Said Seth Crumpton.

Crumpton watched the Philadelphia Eagles win and believes players should be able to show activism and unity on and off the football field.

Other fans, who chose not to go on camera, told 12News they want to continue watching great football and not let politics get in the way. 

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