NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson discusses NFL anthem policy with TMZ Sports (TMZ/screengrab)
3:32 PM 05/28/2018
NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson defended the leagues new anthem policy as a “good thing” because it gives players a “choice” between standing on the sidelines during the national anthem and staying in the locker room.
“This gives you a choice. I think thats a good thing,” Dickerson told TMZ Sports in an interview posted Sunday. “If the guys want to stand they can stand, if the guys that want to stay in the locker room, I think theyll stay in the locker room. I mean, when I was there we stood.” (RELATED: Former NFL Player Calls New National Anthem Policy Compulsory Patriotism)
And just like “religion and raising your kids,” the NFL cant possibly “please everybody.”
“You cant please everybody,” Dickerson said. “By saying this, you know somebodys not going to like it. It is what it is. Its like religion and raising your kids. Nobodys going to agree with you all the time.”
Speaking for himself, the former NFL running back told TMZ that he would “stand” if given the choice.
“Everybody has a disagreement on how you raise your kids, religion, politics. So my thing is that, I stood when we played. And I would still stand.” (RELATED: The NFL Anthem Decision Is Not An Assault On Free Speech)
“Everybody has the right to do what they want to do. If you want to stand, stand. If you want to stay in the locker room, stay in the locker room,” Dickerson added. “Those are grown men.”