Nick Saban spoke on his radio show after making initial comments on national anthem protestors.
Saban originally spoke on unity and not having all the answers, but during his radio show, he clarified his stance when asked by a veteran if he would welcome players who knelt back to Alabama’s sideline.
Here’s what he said, per AL.com.
“I don’t think that what these people are doing is in any way, shape or form meant to disrespect a veteran or somebody like yourself who has so worked hard, fought so hard, sacrificed so much to have a quality of life that we want to have,” Saban said.
Saban then discussed his “opinion” on what he would do:
“I have my opinion in terms of what I would do and how I would do it and I’m not one to ever disrespect the symbols that represent the values of our country,” Saban said. “But I also respect individual differences that other people have and I think they have the right to express those. Whether it’s our players or somebody else, whether I agree or disagree, I think they have a right to do that.”
One of the core principles of being an American is that you have the right to free speech, and that’s something Saban obviously believes in. As a hard-nosed, old-school football coach he obviously believes in discipline and order as well, but one of the basic facts we seem to have lost in this country is that both freedoms of speech and law and order can exist in the same scenario.