“Would I? I’m not playing,” said Jeter Wednesday night at Cipriani Wall Street, where his Turn 2 Foundation celebrated its 21st-anniversary dinner.
“The thing that I think is frustrating, this whole rhetoric that is going back and forth. People lose sight of the fact of why someone was kneeling,” said Jeter. “They’re focused so much on the fact that they are kneeling as opposed to what they’re kneeling for. Peaceful protests are fine. You have your right to voice your opinion. As long as it’s a peaceful protest, everyone should be fine with that.”
Jeter was referring to the current rhetoric being spewed by President Donald Trump and others who suggest that kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful to the flag, the country, and the military. Colin Kaepernick initially began the demonstration to protest against racism, oppression, and police brutality against black people. Jeter noted that people are more focused on the form of protest as opposed to why they’re protesting.
One of Jeter’s other business ventures is the Players’ Tribune, his website that allows former and current athletes to voice their unfiltered thoughts and opinions. Many of The Players’ Tribune contributors have written about social issues, so it’s no surprise that Jeter has sided with them on this topic.