Chris Long has never hesitated to share his opinion, especially on social issues.
During an interview on ESPN’s Russilo and Kanell show, he said that he “supports his peers exercising their right to protest.”
“I don’t think that by acknowledging as a white male that America isn’t the same for me maybe as it is for everybody, the same great place,” Long said to Russilo and Kanell. “That we’re complicit in the problem or we’re saying that America isn’t a great place. If we’re saying there are incidents of oppression systemically or individually in this country I don’t think saying well in country x, y or z its worse is making things any better. I think that may be true but why can’t we improve?”
Long went onto say he would never kneel for the anthem, but a lot of truth can be found in what the athletes that are protesting have to say. He also a very interesting point about treatment of the military.
“Let’s treat out vets better on a daily basis,” Long said to Russilo and Kanell. “Why aren’t we outraged about the lack of benefits that they get, PTSD being a big problem. How do we treat our vets when they come home? We should be outraged about those things on a daily basis. I think when an African American man makes a stand on something like that [kneeling for the national anthem] then we get upset on behalf of those great men and women. I think we need to just think about our patriotism in general, as a country.”