Adrian Peterson says he’s “without a doubt” taking a knee during NFL national anthems during the 2020 NFL season. He also claimed that the entire league is considering doing the gesture with him as well.
“We’re all getting ready to take a knee together,” the future Hall of Famer said.
The Washington Redskins running back’s comments came just a few days after New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ comments about standing during the national anthem.
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees told Yahoo’s Daniel Roberts.
When asked about a potential punishment for protesting, Peterson said he’s not worried.
“Are they going to try to punish us all? If not playing football is going to help us save lives and change things then that’s just what it has to be.”
He also weighed in on Brees’ comments from earlier this week.
“When I first seen it, I didn’t really know what to think,” Peterson said, via Mark Berman of FOX 26. “I didn’t want to make any judgments without seeing exactly the question that was asked to him. So once I seen the question that was asked, it was like he diverted and went straight to what he wasn’t going to participate in and what he stood for. I know Drew Brees. He’s not a racist at all, and I have a lot of love for him, but I think this was a situation where he should have thought it out more.
“He should have thought things out more and tried to look at things in a different view. I know he made the comment about what he thinks about his grandfather and his great grandfather going to war and this, that and the other, but we had great grandparents that went to war as well, but when they came back, they still weren’t able to vote. We just didn’t have the same rights. When you look at it from that point of view, it’s like we understand where you’re coming from but we don’t understand where you’re coming from as well for those reasons.”