FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets coach Todd Bowles will not stand in the way of any of his players protesting during the national anthem.
No Jets players have indicated that they would opt to not stand during the performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner," as then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick did last season. But Bowles made it clear that those actions would be each player's prerogative.
"It's their individual right," the coach said after practice Wednesday. "We don't have a rulebook on what's right to protest and not protest. You don't know those things until the course of time, whether it's sitting for the anthem, whether it's raising your fist, whether it's speaking out, whether it's the Walk to Washington, who is to say whose protest is good or bad?"