NASHVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - One of the candidates for Tennessee Governor is applauding the NFL anthem decision, but she's already given up her Titans ticket in protest.
Diane Black has made the NFL flag and anthem issue part of her campaign for Governor. Black joined in on a tweet Tuesday from Vice-President Mike Pence after the NFL said players who won't stand for the national anthem to call attention to social justice can stay in locker rooms while the anthem is played.
“Our flag and our anthem deserve respect! Glad to see the NFL take steps in the right direction.”
“It’s important because my family and myself are patriots. Every member of my family has served in the military,” said Rep. Black.
Earlier this spring, Black joined President Trump in denouncing NFL players who would not stand during the national anthem, and she also cancelled her longtime season tickets to the Tennessee Titans in protest.
“If someone has a problem with what they believe to be mistreatment, I think they ought to go to the source. The flag is not the place to do their protesting. We chose not to support them, so what I will do on Sunday is fish,” said Rep. Black.
When Black turned in her Titans tickets, Democrat candidate for Governor Craig Fitzhugh told WKRN he wanted to buy them to show support for the players right to protest.
Fitzhugh said he was able to buy two tickets for next season, but the Air Force vet said he'll be standing for the national anthem.
The other major candidates for Governor have not made the NFL anthem protests an issue in their campaigns.