Derek Jeter Would be Fine with Marlins Players Taking Knee During Anthem

Derek Jeter
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Marlins co-owner Derek Jeter — who rarely spoke out on social issues during his Yankees career — discussed athlete protests over racial injustice and police brutality on Wednesday night.

Jeter, speaking at his Turn 2 Foundation dinner in New York, said he would be fine with Marlins players taking a knee during the national anthem. But he didn’t say whether he would do the same if he were still playing.

“The thing that I think is frustrating, this whole rhetoric that is going back and forth. People lose sight of the fact of why someone was kneeling,” said Jeter, via The New York Daily News.

“They’re focused so much on the fact that they are kneeling as opposed to what they’re kneeling for. Peaceful protests are fine. You have your right to voice your opinion. As long as it’s a peaceful protest, everyone should be fine with that.”

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first took a knee last season to bring attention to social inequality. After President Donald Trump last month used a vulgar term to describe NFL players who protested and suggested they be fired, protests erupted throughout the NFL, with many players taking a knee during the national anthem.

NFL owners and commissioner Roger Goodell will discuss the protests in meetings next week.