Olivier Vernon, New York Giants defensive end, caused a furor after he told NFL fans on Thursday if they don’t approve of his choice to kneel during the national anthem: “don’t come to the game”.
You hear ‘coward’ and ‘stand up’ and ‘disgrace’. It’s fine. As long as nobody comes on the field and touches me. You stay where you at, you’re going to be all right. They have a right. Oh yeah, I hear it all the time. If they don’t like it, don’t come to the game.
CBS Sports commentator Boomer Esiason called Vernon’s comments an “out-and-out disgrace”. Notably, Vernon signed an $85 million, five-year contract with the New York Giants – making him the most profitable defensive end in NFL history. Esiason further pointed out:
Here is a guy you gave $80 million to basically telling your fans, ‘If you don’t like it, don’t come’. It is the most egregious act of defiance. It just blows me away.