Rev. Peterson on NFL Protests: It's 'Disrespectful' to NFL Owners and Fans, It's 'Evil'

By Michael W. Chapman | September 27, 2017 | 4:08pm EDT

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson.

(Photo: BOND)

Commenting on NFL football players who kneel in protest when the national anthem is played at games, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson said their actions show they are "unappreciative" of their jobs, "disrespectful" to NFL owners and the fans, and that such behavior is "really evil." 

“Kneeling during the national anthem is getting black people nowhere," said Peterson on his radio program on Sept. 25.  "If anything, it’s causing people to hate you because you are no good, disrespectful, unappreciative."

"Nobody is liking you for this," he said.  "You’re not getting anywhere, you’re hurting yourselves. That’s what anger does. Anger deceives you to cause you to believe you’re hurting someone else with your crap."

"But you’re really hurting yourself," said Peterson. "You’re turning people off. "

He continued, "The disrespect that you’re showing to these football [team] owners, NFL owners, and the people who go there is beyond the known – it’s evil. It is really evil.” 

Rev. Peterson is the founder of BOND, a nonprofit organization committed to "Rebuilding the Family by Rebuilding the Man." He also hosts a daily radio show and television program, and is a best selling author. Peterson grew up on the plantation in Comer Hill, alabama, where his ancestors once worked as slaves. 

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