Titans player plans to protest during national anthem despite ban: 'I'm going to take my fine'
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Tennessee Titans defensive end Jurrell Casey said Wednesday that he has no plans to stop his on-field protests during the national anthem in the upcoming NFL season, despite the league’s new ban.

Casey told CNN that the NFL's new rules prohibiting players from engaging in on-field protests are “not right,” and that he would accept any fine imposed on him.

"I'm going to take my fine," Casey said. "It is what it is, I ain't going to let them stop me from doing what I want to do. If they want to have these battles between players and organizations, this is the way it's going to be."

Unlike many other players, Casey did not kneel during games last season, but instead raised his first after the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."


Players began participating in the protests in 2016 as a way to draw attention to police brutality and racial inequality.

The movement has drawn harsh criticism from President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE, who has repeatedly attacked players who knelt and called for the league to punish or fire them.

Some conservatives also boycotted the NFL, saying that the protests were disrespectful to veterans and the flag.

“It’s not about the anthem,” Casey said Wednesday. “The way that the justice system treats minorities is the issue that we have.”

NFL owners in May approved a new policy that would require players to “stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem" or face fines. Players are also permitted to stay in the locker room before games.

Trump tore into the new policy earlier this month, saying that it’s in many ways “worse” than permitting players to kneel.

“I don’t want to cause controversy but how about they passed this stupid thing. You don’t have to do this anymore. If you don’t respect the flag or if you don’t like the country — or whatever it is — just go into the locker room,” the president said at a Montana campaign rally.

“I think in many respects that’s worse,” Trump added. “Isn’t this worse than not standing, you know? I think that’s worse.”

The NFL Players Association has filed a formal grievance against the league over the new rules.