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Green Country weighs in on National Anthem protests

Posted at 5:42 PM, Sep 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 05:59:27-04

TULSA -- Green Country is split over the National Anthem protests in the NFL. 

Today, Big Al Jerkens and his co-host Pat Jones briefly spoke about the controversy on their midday sports talk radio show. 

One caller said his son has been in the military for 23 years and deployed five times. 

"When Colin Kaepernick started this, I asked him on the phone, 'What is your feeling? Are you pretty disappointed?' and he said, 'No, dad. I joined the military to protect America so people can do exactly what Kaepernick did,'"  the caller said.

The man said his son said whether he agrees or disagrees that is what he fought for. 

Another caller said he is done with professional sports.

"Everything is about 'me, me, me, me, me," the other caller said. "It's all controversy and there is no team unity about any of it." 

Jerkens also questioning if team unity will suffer as a result. 

"Are we going to have divides for whether we stand or kneel for the National Anthem?" Jerkens asked. "If you don't kneel for the National Anthem, 'You're not one of us' or if you do stand for the National Anthem 'You aren't one of us?'" 

Across the state at Oklahoma City Thunder media day, Russell Westbrook said the team will come together to determine how they will handle the protests for their upcoming season. 

"We have a lot of respect for the flag and the National Anthem and obviously if our guys want to do something that represents togetherness as athletes, then I'm all in for it," Westbrook said.

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