Common says the new NFL anthem policy is robbing players of their freedom of speech — and that’s not what this country is supposed to be about.
“I just think … telling people what they should do during a ceremony is not really what the country is based on,” Common told us while out in Bev Hills.
“Freedom of speech, freedom to be who you are … This country is supposed to be about us being independent and being able to be who we are. Especially in a ceremony where people aren’t trying to disrespect anything.”
Common says Colin Kaepernick‘s intent with his demonstration wasn’t to disrespect the flag or the military — but rather put a spotlight on racial injustice, specifically the wave of black people being killed by police.
But at the end of the day, Common says the NFL is a business and the kneeling was hurting the bottom line … so the NFL made a business move.