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Michael Strahan tells Ellen he would kneel during anthem if he was still playing

Posted: 12:03 PM, Sep 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-11 13:15:27-04

Michael Strahan is one of the most popular American sports commentators, seemingly appearing on countless platforms during football season.

But Strahan had an interesting comment during his appearance Monday on Ellen DeGeneres’ show.

Strahan cited his father’s military career when he said that those protests by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players were not mean to disrespect “anybody in the armed services.” He added he would kneel during the national anthem if he was still playing today.

“I know why [Kaepernick] knelt was not in any disrespect to the military or anybody in the armed services because I have an appreciation for that,” Strahan said. “And when my father can look at me and tell me that he’s not offended and that he understands, then how could I — who didn’t do that service — be offended?”

Strahan also said that he “would’ve been proactive” in getting involved if he was till playing.

“Because I do believe that there needs to be more organization between the players and the ownership.”

Of course, if Strahan had joined those who are kneeling today, he likely wouldn’t have a post-football career like the one he is currently pursuing.

So his words today are easier said than done.