VIDEO: NFL Player Equates Kneeling To Being Like A 9/11 First Responder

Devin McCourty said that anthem kneelers were like 9/11 first responders.

New Englands Patriots Safety Devin McCourty went ton MSNBC to talk about the anthem protests, and he compared kneelers to 9/11 first responders (video below).

The interview, captured by The Federalist Papers, occurred on Sept. 11, 17 years after hundreds of first responders were killed in the terror attack on the World Trade Center.

When McCourty was asked about his kneeling protest being viewed as disrespectful to the flag or military, he said that the real issue was that people weren't listening to him.

"I think, listen, you know, Malcolm Jenkins has a shirt and he wears a shirt that says 'you aren't listening,' and I think that's been the key point," McCourty said.

"We've talked about different issues, umm, you know, coming up in September we'll have a huge campaign talking about the cash bail system where, you know, 70% of people are sitting in jail, and haven't been convicted of any crime," he added.

"So, uh, I think you truly want to get involved and not just throw out the idea all these guys are protesting the anthem, and the service members, and actually listen to us and see what we're talking about, we've had opportunities to talk to some of those service men. And they said that's what they fought for," he said.

Then McCourty doubled-down and said that kneeling was just like being a 9/11 first responder.

"So, I think a day like today, where we're talking about 9/11 everywhere, you know, I think it's the equality of what people went through when they were trying to rescue lives, as the same thing we're trying to fight for."

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After the 9/11 attack on the twin towers, hundreds of first responders rushed into the buildings to rescue people. 412 of them were killed when the buildings collapsed.

Thousands more spent weeks living in toxic dust as they searched the rubble. Thousands of them have since been diagnosed with 9/11-related cancer.

McCourty has a $1.6 million dollar contract to play football, and with the chance to earn an additional $1 million based on his play time this season, and $400,000 in per-game roster bonuses according to ESPN reporter Mike Reiss.

You can see the video of the interview below:

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NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

A$$HOLE. Plan and simple. If he cares so much he should start bailing these people out of jail. See how long his money lasts then.

Joe Viet Nam 68
Joe Viet Nam 68

This piece of garbage compared kneeling to the First Responders. The other moron thanked him for what he does. I'd like to know who they would call, to save their asses, if they were in trouble. May all first responders always be safe, even when you have to deal with these worthless jerks.

Hardtopost
Hardtopost

Listen to what he actually says! The video that is posted! This is the most misleading headline that I've seen in...well actually this website /breitbart/fox news do it constantly...so maybe some yesterday. But WTF?!? A black man talks about standing for American principles and that's a problem for you. Trump, who draft dodged, calls John McCain a "loser" and that's OK. Please stop being racist.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

TRIGGERED

K9ndn
K9ndn

Are you shutting me? I will never in my live time ever watch or buy a NFL product or watch a game again.

boxofcolors
boxofcolors

So.. being underpaid to run into a burning building to save lives is equivalent to being overpaid to kneel in protest without actually doing anything about anything? I don't get it.

satmantoo
satmantoo

@Hardtopost And Obummer called Police STUPID! He never served a day in the Military defending our country but thats OK! I call Racist!!!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"I think it's the equality of what people went through when they were trying to rescue lives, as the same thing we're trying to fight for."

"equivalent" ?? He could have just said " we are trying to save black lives" and not compare those who kneel to a 9/11 First Responder. By now I'm curious as to what specifically those who kneel are actually doing to save lives .....I mean besides kneeling.

You see every time you put a camera and a microphone in front of someone doesn't mean they will instantly change and say something actually intelligent.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

I have no words for this POS. What I would love too ask all these people supporting these NFL players who are kneeling "what have the done for you personally"?!!!! 😂😂😂

bagels1990
bagels1990

He's just a special kind of stupid !

FSchloss
FSchloss

What this fool doesn't admit is that first responders, eg police, fire, ambulance, etc are vital to the safety of the people in this country. Professional jocks, being merely over-paid entertainers, serve no more purpose than to give people occasional amusement. He's too stupid or too much of a liar to express the difference.

Deputydawg63
Deputydawg63

checksix
checksix

I'm glad to see that you also "sacrificed it all" by running towards a potential life ending situation.

dsmarine
dsmarine

These people are ignorant and truly uneducated - very sad!

61mouse
61mouse

What the fuck is he trying to say ?

LanceH
LanceH

Go ahead and speak out about how kneeling when the National Anthem is played. Continue to disrespect OUR Country and those who served to protect your rights. Watch the NFL ratings drop and in time players will feel it in their ridiculous salaries. If I was the Owner, you would NEVER play another game for me.

To compare players kneeling to 9/11/2001 is Assnine.

fuzzy-ma
fuzzy-ma

When has these thugs ever done one single thing to protect or save the life of a fellow human being? Let alone do it on a daily basis. These thugs wallow in their millions at fancy mansions, drug parties and groupies. While first responders and police work extra shifts just to make ends meet. Working to put a deceit roof over their families heads and food on the table.

Hi_estCommDenomn
Hi_estCommDenomn

How do these morons keep walking and breathing at the same time without falling over?

Grog
Grog

These NFL players are so full of themselves, as well as full of shit! Inspiring message? People on MSNBC are also full of themselves and full of shit!

Ziggen
Ziggen

This player is an ignorant fool. Paid a lot of money to play a sport. I don't give a crap about your political beliefs. I don't even watch the NFL any more. Screw you guys. I don't see or hear the MSM reporting that NFL players donate money to under privileged kids who resist arrest and grab police offers guns. I do hear about NFL players arrested for many crimes, or being killed by prostitutes. ( Titans QB ). Yeah, no respect for NFL or Nike.

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THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Hardtopost - Curious - Every comment of yours preaches about those people or situations which are "racist"...This is a response to anything you don't like or don't agree with? This same sermon is written so often that it has no meaning.

Katarina
Katarina

@fuzzy-ma Exactly! And they do it all while risking their lives to save that of another. This guy wants to equate the kneelers with that? Kneel if you want. I haven't watched an NFL game since that crap started. Protest on your own time, not mine. Most of what I heard was "you know, um, you know, ah, so, you know, so, you know, um. Great example of his "higher education" He hasn't risked his life for anyone! Those people in jail are sitting there waiting for their trial because if they let them out, they don't bother to show up. Then a bench warrant is issued and they have to be arrested yet again. And they won't cooperate when the police try to cuff them, so they are taken by force and cry about "police brutality" when it was they themselves who caused the amount of force that had to be used to take them into custody.

Back The Blue
Back The Blue

There is no comparison between violent thugs being taken out and the hundreds of first responders who died that day. I am Anglo, I live in Dallas, I knew 3 of the 5 officers killed 2 years ago. I have no pity for ANYONE who disobeyed, much less threatens the men and women who enlisted to have mine and my children's backs. I am getting a side arm and permit to carry. I will stand my ground at train stations that I use. I have seen the videos of people being shot at said stations by people of color. I am not racist!! No matter what, I am going home tonight!! Be you black, white or anyone!! Get off the dope!! That is what's behind most of it!

TXSARGE
TXSARGE

I've needed a doctor, lawyer, nurse, police, but I'll never need a million dollar whinny ass NFL football player. When they forget about themselves and put other lives before them like military, and first responders, then I might consider listening to what they have to say. If there are any NFL crybabies reading this, put your life in their shoes and see how we live. Put your millions, your high dollar homes, and your party lives behind you. Take responsibilities and quit whinnying. We are all tired of what your saying cause it doesn't make sense.

Dmoe63
Dmoe63

OK just look at the picture without playing the video do you see a halo gleaming with and an IQ meter going off the high end? You never will. To even make a statement like that is just dumb talking without thinking. They get paid millions a year to play and it take a first responder 10 years or more to make 1 million and they don't need someone drawing on an dry erase board for directions.