Saints players react after veteran's decision to decline award during game

A retired Naval officer and military veteran's advocate has declined to be honored at the Saints-Bucs game in the Mercedes Benz Superdome on Sunday.

NEW ORLEANS -- Thursday night, Saints players Kenny Vaccaro and Cam Jordan took to Twitter to voice their opinions on the ongoing controversy over player protests in the NFL.

It began when the team released a statement in reaction to former Naval officer and veterans’ advocate John Wells refusing to accept an award at Sunday’s game at the Superdome.

Wells cited player protests on social injustice during the National Anthem as his reason.

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"I admire them for what they're doing," Wells said. "I admire the award. I'm just sorry that the circumstances are such that I could not ethically accept it."

Wells added he won't walk into an NFL stadium while players continue to protest during the national anthem.

The Saints statement that followed thanked Wells for his service and acknowledged their players only knelt once during the anthem; during a Week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers.

Advocate reporter Nick Underhill responded, asking ‘why anyone would be mad at a player for kneeling before the anthem.”

That’s when Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro responded, stating ‘Our crowd boos us before the anthem, therefore it’s not about the flag, it’s about the fact we are bringing awareness to a cause that makes people uncomfortable.’

Vaccaro continued, saying that he stands for the flag and telling another Twitter user that players have already released statements beforehand saying what their actions would be during later games, ‘so get the picture or don’t come.’

Defensive end Cameron Jordan also responded with a series of tweets, saying he wasn’t mad, ‘only motivated to do more in our community than before...One day I will have the desired impact.’

Since Week 3, the Saints have released a statement saying they will stand during the anthem.

Owner Tom Benson is a military veteran, and has stated his opinion that ‘standing at attention for our flag and our national anthem is a powerful symbol we must respect.’

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