Prior to kickoff in New Jersey on Sunday, Adam Jones spent some time talking to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. As part of the conversation, Jones shared his thoughts on taking a knee during the National Anthem, as Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players have been doing.
Opinions have been wide ranging, to say the least on Kaepernick’s choice to kneel during the National Anthem as a way to protest, in Kaepernick’s words, “a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Jones doesn’t share the opinion that taking a knee during the National Anthem is how NFL players should be protesting.
“I have family members in the army, it's a different kind of feeling,” Jones said. “I have a lot of respect for this country, I've been all the way around the country. Any place you can pretty much name I've been and I can tell you there's nowhere like America. So I understand we're going through things as a country right now, but there's just ways to do it. And me personally, I think when you do things, you have to do it in a unit. So that's my opinion on it. We’re ready to play football and we’ll be standing today for the National Anthem as a team.”
In case it wasn’t clear, Anderson asked, “So does that mean you disagree with the kneeling?”
“Yes, I do,” Jones said.
Here’s the interview: