On Sunday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders players and coaches linked arms during “O Canada” prior to their 15-9 home loss to the Calgary Stampeders. Veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn said the gesture was a show of unity following U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversial remarks about NFL players kneeling during the American anthem.
“We’ve talked about it as a team, I’m sure everybody is talking about it because that’s what’s happening,” Ray said. “But we haven’t talked about doing anything beyond that.
“It’s just kind of a topic of discussion. We don’t have anything organized.”
During a rally Friday, Trump stated: “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. He’s fired.”’
Trump also rescinded an invitation to the NBA-champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House after all-star guard Steph Curry said he wasn’t interested in attending.
On Sunday, numerous NFL players took a knee, sat, stayed in the tunnel or linked arms during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” In London, Jacksonville owner Shahid Khan stood arm-in-arm with his players before the team’s 44-7 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
But Ray said Toronto head coach Marc Trestman is a big proponent of respecting the Canadian national anthem. The Argos (6-7) visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3-9) on Saturday night.
“He (Trestman) is really big on respecting the national anthem and that’s what we’ve been doing all year,” he said. `”We feel very privileged as Americans to be able to come up here and make a living playing football in this country.”
Offensive lineman Tyler Holmes, a 29-year-old Ottawa native, also said he hasn’t heard any talk regarding a pre-game activity by the Argos.
“It hasn’t been discussed at this point,” he said.