CBS Sports announcer Jim Nantz was caught voicing a snarky comment about some Miami Dolphins players who were kneeling in a silent protest against police brutality during the national anthem before an NFL game on Sept. 29 (video below).
As the camera lingered on players Kenny Stills and Michael Thomas, Nantz said, "They’re gonna keep kneeling as long as we have cameras right in their face."
The Dolphins were playing the Cincinnati Bengals on a Thursday Night Football game, notes Deadspin, which flagged the video on Oct. 14.
Nantz has not commented about what he said, but he brought up the anthem again on Oct. 13 during a game between the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers, reports Yahoo Sports:
By the way … there was a lot of discussion and scrutiny about the national anthem … just to be fair here, between the quarter change, they played "God Bless America." Philip Rivers -- in the middle of a drive -- he paused and was singing. You see in the background there, Melvin Ingram along with Jatavis Brown, hands over their heart.
Four Dolphins players -- Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins, Stills and Thomas -- knelt during the national anthem before a game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 11, reported WTVJ.
They also put their hands over their hearts.
Jenkins later discussed the incident:
I chose to get involved to see if I could create change, raise awareness. And I want to make it clear that there is no disrespect to the military or to police officers -- I'm not about that. I love everyone. I would like to keep moving forward in the right direction with everybody: equal rights, equal opportunity. From my position, it doesn't seem that it's happening. That's why I took a stand.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also gave his opinion:
I don't think it was any lack of respect. I think everybody here, our team and our whole organization, respects the flag and what it stands for, the soldiers and everything. These guys are really making a conversation of something that's a very important topic in this country and I'm 100 percent supportive of them.