Watch: Tony Dungy addresses NFL’s ongoing anthem controversy
Tony Dungy addressed the ongoing national anthem controversy that continues to plague the NFL during an appearance Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.”
The longtime NFL head coach and current NBC analyst tackled the issue in a diplomatic manner, insisting he sees both sides of the issue. And yet, when it comes down to it, Dungy said, “I would stand.”
A controversial new anthem policy ratified by owners earlier this year has been temporarily shelved amid ongoing deliberations between the NFL and players. Dungy observed that discussions between the league and the NFLPA have not proved productive.
“The NFL and players have not done good job in coming together on this issue,” Dungy said, via the Indy Star.
A man of deep Christian faith, Dungy said he respects the decision by players to protest during the anthem by applying his religious convictions to the situation.
“I know a lot of these young men and they are trying to be a voice for people who don’t have a voice,” Dungy said, “and that’s what the Bible tells us to do, so I respect that.
“… These guys are not unpatriotic. They’re not standing against our country. They’re kneeling against what’s wrong in the country.”
However, Dungy aligned his stance on protests with that of Jim Brown, an NFL icon and longtime social activist. Brown recently insisted he would never kneel during the anthem.
“I respect Jim Brown’s position. If I was still coaching, what I would do is tell my players, ‘Let’s come in and talk, tell me your issues— what you’re upset about, what are some solutions — and I’ll give you 10 minutes of my press conference every week,” Dungy said. “I’m going to give you a voice, give you a platform.’ Maybe not use the three minutes before the game during the national anthem.
“I would stand because I personally think that’s the way to go.”
“I would stand” -Fmr. NFL coach @TonyDungy weighs in on anthem kneeling after Jim Brown says he’d never kneel pic.twitter.com/qca249TDup
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Dungy’s suggestion has been mentioned in one iteration or another in recent months as a potential solution. It remains to be seen whether or not the deeply polarizing issue could be resolved in such a manner.