Ticats unlikely to show support for NFL protests

It doesn’t sound as if Hamilton Tiger-Cat players will be making a public display of support for their NFL brethren who have been protesting the recent comments by U.S. president Donald Trump.

At a Friday night rally in Alabama, Trump told the crowd: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Out! He’s fired. Fired!’” In response, more than 200 NFL players knelt or sat on a bench or took other actions during the anthems at games Sunday.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders, who took on the Calgary Stampeders on Sunday afternoon, linked arms during the Canadian national anthem in what players called a show of solidarity. The team, the CFL and players’ association all sent out statements supporting the players.

But Hamilton head coach June Jones largely sidestepped the issue when asked for his thoughts on Tuesday.

“I have my own personal thoughts on it but it doesn’t do any good for me to share my feelings on it,” Jones said. “Privately, I’ll talk to the kids about it but the bottom line is that we’re interested in what’s going on here, in this locker room, on this football field.”

Defensive tackle Davon Coleman, who was born in Cleveland and played his college football at Arizona State said he agreed with NFL players who knelt on Sunday and with the Riders’ gesture.

“I liked it. Instead of them disrespecting the Canadian national anthem, it was a sign of solidarity,” Coleman said. “We’re in Canada and it’s difficult to put a message out from up here – I think that would be disrespectful. I wouldn’t kneel during the Canadian anthem.”

Linebacker Simoni Lawrence said he has concerns with how Trump is dividing the country but believes that racial tensions are not as significant north of the border.

“We have a great league here and we live in Canada and the issues aren’t the same here. It’s diverse and everybody respects each other as a human being. It’s not as divided, at least from what I’ve seen in the last six years I’ve lived here,” Lawrence said. “I think America could definitely learn from that.”

Both Lawrence and Coleman were unsure if the Ticats would show their support for NFL players in some way during Saturday’s game against Toronto but neither will be taking the initiative to do so.

“It can be a touchy subject so I try and stay away from it,” Coleman said. “I wouldn’t want it to create an issue with anybody here. These are my brothers.”

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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15 Comments on Ticats unlikely to show support for NFL protests

  1. Good! 100% focus on the playoffs… huge game this week.

  2. Better to link arms and stop argo running back Wilder.

    Go cats

    • Haha, mo kidding! On a side note, I wonder if the kids of today would even know how to link arms now that they’ve banned Red Rover from been played.

  3. Great attitude by all 3 people in the story. Fully agree that linking arms was a show of unity while still respecting the flag, the national anthem and the people who fought so we could enjoy these freedoms. Ticats look to be building some momentum in the final 3rd of the season…could be a team to reckon with if they can secure a playoff berth.

  4. Has Trump not been fired yet?

  5. Good decision. I for one am putting out my hard earned pension money for entertainment and because I love the Cats. If I want social justice I can watch CNN or Fox or for that matter the NFL.

  6. We don’t need the distraction nor the politicization trickle affect from the US.

  7. JoeSchmuck27 // September 27, 2017 at 9:59 am //

    Thank goodness. Drew Edwards is nothing more than someone who loves to revel in controversies surrounding the Ticats, especially this season. Drew’s blog used to be great, but over this past year it’s become nothing more than sensationalized click bait or tabloid crap. Drew + ScratchingPost = Fake News.

  8. Exactly!
    Why does the Canadian media give Trump so much attention. He’s not our president! We are not Americans!
    We’ve got enough problems of our own with PM Justy and Premier Krusty destroying our economies on an almost daily basis, for their own personal benefit (i.e. photo ops and re-election).
    Let’s stick to CFL Football on this web site.

  9. Hey schmuck if you have an issue with drew and this site then it’s simple fu#$ off and don’t come back !

  10. I wish there was a like button for the last three comments lol

  11. JoeSchmuck27 // September 27, 2017 at 1:35 pm //


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