On Wednesday, after it was announced that the NFL will require players to stand during the national anthem if they are on the field during its performance but will permit team members to stay in the locker room if they do not wish to participate, Philadelphia defensive end Chris Long, who has supported players who have knelt for the national anthem, ripped the NFL owners, writing that they simply had “fear of a diminished bottom line,” and their move had nothing to do with patriotism:
Long was joined by teammate Malcolm Jenkins:
Long has been outspoken about his contempt for President Trump. Before the 2018 Super Bowl, he announced that if the Eagles won, he would not visit the White House, snapping, "No, I’m not going to the White House. Are you kidding me?" The year before, as a member of the New England Patriots, who won the Super Bowl in 2017, he refused to participate in the White House visit, saying, "My son grows up, and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is, I don’t want him to say, 'Hey dad, why'd you go [to the White House] when you knew the right thing was to not go?'"