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John Mara would rather Olivier Vernon stand, but respects his views

John Mara would rather Olivier Vernon stand, but respects his views
Published On: Wed, Dec 06
Oct 22, 2016; London, United Kingdom; New York Giants co-owner John Mara (left) and quarterback Eli Manning during NFL Fan Rally at the Victoria House prior to game 16 of the NFL International Series against the Los Angeles Rams. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Giants co-owner John Mara, predictably, winced when Olivier Vernon told fans who didnt like him kneeling during the national anthem to stay home.

But he also respects Vernons decision to kneel, even while admitting he will be trying to talk him out of it someday.

Mara, appearing on ESPN New Yorks The Michael Kay Show, said he didnt think Vernon was trying to antagonize fans who disagreed with him.

I havent talked to him about that yet, but I dont really think he meant it that way, Mara said, via If you look at the overall interview that he gave, it was actually pretty good. I think he should have chosen his words more carefully.

Vernon, the son of a police officer, began kneeling in Week Three, sparked by President Donald Trumps criticism. He has said repeatedly his protest has nothing to do with the military or law enforcement, but rather is about racial inequality.

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