Ravens TE Ben Watson Responds To Kaepernick’s Anthem Protest

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn Achilles. But, he says if he is fortunate enough to be on the field again soon, he will be standing for the national anthem like he always has.

Watson, in response to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s choice to protest the national anthem, writes, “A week ago, in what would prove to be my last pre-game opportunity of this 2016 season, I stood with my right hand over my heart as the anthem played. And if I am fortunate enough to ever be dressed for another game day I imagine I would be doing the same thing I did in my last. Standing.”

See the rest of his stance on this hot-button issue on his Facebook page.

Watson’s overall message and final words were that, “Conflict when handled correctly strengthens. Conflict when mismanaged destroys.”


One Comment

  1. Phil Jones says:

    I have spent my entire life in the South and I am a white Southern Baptist. I grew up along the railroad tracks with my friends at the age of 5. All three were Blacks and one of them saved my life between my junior and senior year in high school in Alabama. My mother was a racist and I could never understand. She would not let my black friends come into our house until 4 years before she passed away.

    After college I recruited an industrial team of 6 whites and 6 blacks being the player-coach. We went 29-1. The following year I was the only white and 11 blacks. We all grew up together and more than half of these great guys are still alive and we have been to professional basketball games on my nickel.

    I grew up very poor and I have been blessed in my professional career. My network of friends (white, black, gay, or asian) are based on their character not the color of their skin or country origin. Mr. Watson, you are welcome at my home anytime or any day! Thank you for the love of this country. God Bless America!!!!! Trust I will never support the 49ers now or the future.

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