XFL: We will allow kneeling as a form of protest
If a player wants to kneel, if a player wants to stand, let them do it in unity.
In an upcoming interview with VICE TV, XFL owners Dany Garcia and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson have said they would allow kneeling as a form of protest.
“One of the things that the XFL gets to do, because it’s representative of who we are, is be a league of culture. That’s right from the beginning a decision that we know has to carry through. It’s not a league where its about the owners and athletes you just hire them, but you know what, when they take their uniform off, they are not us. The XFL is all of us. So for us, patriotism is not indifference. Patriotism is fighting, representing, and celebrating, and calling out what’s wrong with the country you love. And so what we look for is, if a player wants to kneel, if a player wants to stand, let them do it in unity, but they get to be diversified in expression. And that’s really important to us.” ~ Dany Garcia
“We have the privilege of enjoying the freedoms that we have as Americans. And, as Dany said, if our players decide to stand, or kneel they do it in unity. Us as owners, it’s our job to identify what their pain is, and to take care of them. And then as owners, it’s our job then to take create a pathway to take care of that, and take care of them. And because I’ve always maintained, and I mean this truly from the bottom of my heart and deep in my bones. You’d be surprised what happens when you go to people in pain and you say, ‘I got you, stand up with me, and let’s take care of this issue.'” – Dwayne Johnson
The full interview will appear on Vice TV STICK TO SPORTS, Wednesday 14 October 2020 at 10pm.