Today is Media Day in the NBA, and after yesterday’s national anthem protests across the NFL, it was only a matter of time before a former Kentucky player was asked to share their thoughts. Fresh off his UK Athletics Hall of Fame induction, John Wall told CSN Mid-Atlantic that until the NFL’s major stars like Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers step up and speak out, nothing will change.
“You have guys like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers – love those guys, very talented – but until those guys come out and speak, I don’t think the NFL is going to make any adjustments,” Wall said.
Yesterday, hundreds of NFL players kneeled during the national anthem following President Donald Trump’s remarks on Friday that players who do so should be fired. Wall used Chris Paul, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and LeBron James’ comments during the Donald Sterling controversy in 2014 as an example of how franchise players like Brady and Rodgers can address the situation.
“When we were dealing with our stuff with Donald Sterling, people were saying, well, if LeBron and those guys don’t come out, if Kobe doesn’t come out and say something, there’s never going to be a stand taken. When those guys came out and started talking, what happened? He was fired. The stand stood.”
“Until those guys in the NFL come out and stand up for [Colin] Kaepernick and stand for those guys — he can say the little things like, he should have been in and he’s a great player, he beat us in his hometown — but you have to go out there and express your feelings. Until they do that, I don’t think anything is going to change.”
John Wall calls on Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers to take a stand
– Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 25, 2017