Former Packers TE Jermichael Finley has interesting take on players kneeling during the national anthem in the NFL. This past weekend, we saw Seahawks DE Michael Bennett and Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch kneel during the national anthem. Last season, we saw free agent QB Colin Kaepernick and others kneel during the anthem.
Finley is not convinced that it’s real. He feels Kaepernick, Bennett, and Lynch are kneeling for other reasons.
Here is what he told TMZ Sports:
“I think it’s more marketing. It’s not really in their heart that they really want to do that. Once again, I think it’s selfish reasons, I really do,” Finley said.
Finley explains why the players are being selfish:
“It’s the NFL and guys do have a platform for positive reasons. As you can see, Kaepernick can’t find a job for that reason,” Finley said. “I think go out and play football and do what you’re supposed to do. And not worry about the worldly things that’s going on.”
Like Michael Vick, Finley wants Kaepernick to do something with his hair:
“He’s wearing an afro puff. Come on man, cut that off your head, or braid it up or something. I just think being in the game and all the things I did. It was a marketing tool. I was on this platform where I could use my name, my face, to get out there,” Finley said. “Then, when hot topics come across, I want to jump on it. It’s a marketing tool; it’s going to keep you relevant, it’s going to keep you hot.”