Vin Scully, the legendary announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has said that he no longer watches NFL games because he does not approve of players who kneel during the National Anthem as a form of protest
Former Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully has announced that he no longer watches NFL games because he does not approve of players who kneel during the National Anthem.
On Saturday, the 89-year-old baseball legend said: ‘I have only one personal thought, really. And I am so disappointed.
‘And I used to love, during the fall and winter, to watch the NFL on Sunday.
‘And it’s not that I’m some great patriot. I was in the Navy for a year, didn’t go anywhere, didn’t do anything.
‘But I have overwhelming respect and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war.
‘So the only thing I can do in my little way is not to preach. I will never watch another NFL game.’
He gave the comment at an event called ‘An Evening with Vin Scully,’ which was held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. He was answering a question about the demonstrations.
It appears, per video of the event, that his comment was met with applause.
Scully began broadcasting Dodger games in 1950 in Brooklyn and moved with the team to Los Angeles in 1958. For decades his voice reverberated through Dodger stadium as fans listened to him on transistor radios.
Scully had been broadcasting for the Dodgers since 1950, when the team was based in Brooklyn, until last season. The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958. Pictured is Scully receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama last November
The announcer is pictured among the Dodgers during the Ring of Honor ceremony for Scully this past April. Scully is 89 years old
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in November 2016.
Scully retired at the end of last season and resisted calls to do an inning or two of the World Series broadcast, saying it would not be his place.
Hundreds of football players have knelt or otherwise engaged in protest during the national anthem as a means to demonstrate against police brutality toward African Americans and other issues of social injustice.
On September 24, more than 200 players protested after President Donald Trump said owners should fire any players who didn’t stand for the anthem.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the protest movement last season.
Colin Kaepernick (right) began taking a knee during the National Anthem as a means of protesting police brutality against African Americans
This season, hundreds of players have protested during the anthem. Pictured are members of the Houston Texas both kneeling and standing before a game against the Seattle Seahawks on October 29
He remains unsigned and has filed a complaint that team owners colluded against him because of the protests.
Some people have claimed that players, in their action, are unfairly targeting the military. Scully appears to be in this camp.
The Los Angeles Dodgers lost the World Series against the Houston Astros in World Series Game 7 this past Wednesday.
Scully spoke at an event called ‘An Evening with Vin Scully,’ which was held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California