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Dez Bryant quiet on anthem protests: ‘I got a family to feed’

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 8/16/2017 Steve DelVecchio
Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant didn't want to say too much about national anthem protests. © Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant didn't want to say too much about national anthem protests.

National anthem protests have once again become a major topic with the NFL preseason underway, but Dez Bryant has no interest in sharing his thoughts about them.

When asked about some of his fellow players choosing to sit during the playing of the national anthem, Bryant said that is their choice and he has no opinion on it.

After that quote was posted, fans immediately began criticizing Bryant for hiding from a social issue. He responded by asking Dallas Morning News reporter Jon Machota to take the tweet down, noting that all he meant was his focus is solely on football.

Bryant then clarified that he does care about social inequality but said he’d rather keep quiet because he has a “family to feed.”

Bryant is a good enough player where he probably would not face negative consequences in his career if he shared a strong opinion, but we’ve all seen what has happened with Colin Kaepernick. That’s likely what he was referring to.

Given what Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said about national anthem protests, you have to wonder if Bryant was simply following team protocol.

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