Metairie, LA (KADN) — The New Orleans Saints are right in the middle of installing their offense and defense for next season. However, much more complicated than any play you can draw up is how the Saints decide to handle the NFL’s new national anthem policy . Head Coach Sean Payton told reporters on Thursday that it is a team decision.
“Fortunately we’ve had great leadership and we still do,” Payton said. “I am sure our players have had a great chance to digest it all and we will come up with what we as a team feels right.”
“It’s never right to take someone’s right to have the ability to chose what they want to do in any setting,” Saints linebacker Demario Davis said. “So, I don’t agree with the ruling from that standpoint.” Davis added.
“I think you guys no where I stand,” Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. “I think I made myself very clear. I will be standing up with my hand over my heart showing respect to the United States of America and the flag and everything it stands for.”
“My father has put his life on the line may times for our country and so it’s just huge sense of pride and concern and love for our country.” Davis said. “I love my children. When they do wrong things I am going to let them know they are doing wrong things. I am not just going to sweep it under the rug because I love them and I think that is the difference between patriotism and nationalism. Nationalism is just loving your country just to love it. Patriotism is loving it enough to sacrifice for it, but also to call it when it’s wrong.”
The Saints preseason opener is on August 9th against the Jacksonville Jaguars. That will be the fans first chance to see how they decide to handle the anthem during this season. Sean Payton said he had not talked to owner Gayle Benson about how to handle the national anthem but he said he believes she trusts the team’s leadership contingent to make the right decision for the team.