Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson made it very clear that he will never sit during the national anthem in a long Facebook post.
Watson will miss the 2016 season with an injury, but if he returns he’ll be standing for the national anthem with his hand on his heart. (RELATED: Colin Kaepernick Will Remain Sitting During National Anthem [VIDEO])
He wrote in part:
Before competition, as I stand in shoulder pads and cleats, my helmet in my left hand, adrenaline flowing and my heart raging under my right, I never forget the ills of America but for a moment I envision its potential, remember its prosperity and give thanks to God for the land He has placed me in and the people I love who live in it. I stand, because this mixed bag of evil and good is MY home. And because it’s MY home my standing is a pledge to continue the fight against all injustice and preserve the greatest attributes of the country, including Colin Kaepernick’s right to kneel.
Watson’s Facebook post has blown up and been shared more than 10,000 times. His post comes as a reaction to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick deciding to sit during the national anthem as a form of protest. (RELATED: Hookstead’s Hot Take: America Stood Up For Colin Kaepernick, He Should Stand For The Flag)
This also isn’t the first time that Watson has gotten involved in national issues. He previously spoke out against Planned Parenthood, and said the organization was created to exterminate black people. (RELATED: NFL Player: Planned Parenthood Was Created To Exterminate Black People)