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Bucs’ Veteran Gerald McCoy Predicts Uproar If The NFL Forbids Protests

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy believes there will be an ‘uproar’ if the NFL institutes a new policy denying players’ right to peacefully protest during the national anthem.

‘I don’t think guys are going to like it,’ McCoy told ESPN Wednesday. ‘I think it’s going to be an uproar if that is to happen because you’re basically taking away a constitutional right to freedom of speech. If guys want to have a, I guess you would call it a peaceful protest, I don’t think it’s right to take that away from guys.’

NFL players have been protesting police brutality against minorities by sitting, kneeling or raising a first during the national anthem since last season. On Tuesday, facing intense criticism from fans and President Donald Trump, commissioner Roger Goodell penned a memo to all 32 teams, sharing his belief ‘that everyone should stand for the National Anthem.’

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Goodell went on to write that the league needs to ‘move past’ the controversy surrounding player protests, adding that the issue will be addressed when the owners meet in New York next week.

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