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Nick Saban says NFL protests not meant to show disrespect

Saban responded that he was a football coach who doesn't have the answers to society's big problems.

During this week's Nick Saban show, the Alabama Crimson Tide's head coach commented on the on-going NFL-saga between the president and the NFL.

A caller asked if Saban would welcome players back to the sideline if they didn't stand for the national anthem.

The coach, who has led the Tide to four national titles, professed during the show that he did not believe the NFL protests are meant to disrespect veterans.

"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 responded to the caller. "One of the things that you also fought for and made sacrifices for was that we all could have the freedom to have choice in terms of what we believe, what we did, what we said."

Saban stated that he was a football coach who doesn't have the answers to society's big problems. He then went on to say that he is not one to disrespect the symbols that represent the values of our country.

"But I also respect individual differences that other people have and I think they have the right to express those," Saban said. "Whether it's our players or somebody else, whether I agree or disagree, I think they have a right to do that."


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