Texans’ J.J. Watt makes clear where he stands about kneeling during anthem
Several NFL players have already stated that they plan on kneeling during the national anthem for the upcoming season — a movement started by former San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the 2016 season. If his recent Twitter activity is any indication, it appears that Houston Texans star J.J. Watt will be one of those players.
On Saturday, the former Defensive Player of the Year responded to a now-deleted tweet from a user that suggested that Watt wouldn’t be kneeling during the anthem this season.
Watt called out the user in his response in two parts, clearly stating his opinion on the subject.
A) don’t speak for me
B) if you still think it’s about disrespecting the flag or our military, you clearly haven’t been listening https://t.co/tnsEq5D9WC
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) June 13, 2020
The recent movement to once again kneel for the national anthem has been sparked by incidents of police brutality and racial injustice across the country, including the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis as well as the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery among countless others.
Players aren’t the only ones speaking up either as several teams, owners and even NFL commissioner Roger Goodell have released statements on the recent protests around the country and the Black Lives Matter movement.
As for Watt, the 31-year-old defensive end was held to just eight games in 2019 as he suffered a season-ending torn pectoral muscle in October. In those eight games, Watt recorded 24 total tackles, 21 quarterback hits, four sacks and three passes defended.
Injuries have without a doubt hindered Watt’s incredible talent over the last few seasons. If the Texans want to continue to be contenders in the AFC after a tumultuous offseason, they’ll likely need their star pass-rusher to stay healthy regardless of whether or not he’s kneeling for the anthem.