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Bruce Arians Has A Message For Protesting Athletes

Bruce Arians Has A Message For Protesting Athletes

Bruce Arians Has A Message For Protesting Athletes

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has a controversial message for protesting athletes. That message? Protesting does not accomplish anything.

“Protesting doesn’t do crap in my opinion,” he said. “I’ve been seeing it since 1968.”

Arians’ made his opinion on protests known Thursday morning, one day after NBA players staged an impromptu strike in response to what they describe as continued racial injustice in the United States. Most recently, the players were deeply troubled by the shooting of Jacob Blake, who was left paralyzed by police.

“I think your responsibility is to take action,” Arians said.

“I don’t know that protest is an action. I think each guy, as a personal thing, I would beg them to take action, find a cause, either support it financially or do something to change the situation.”

Needless to say, the response to Arians’ commentary on the matter was mixed and very colorful.

Some agreed with what he was saying.

Others vehemently disagreed.

While Arians clearly does not view protesting as something that gets things done, various athletes across the NBA and NFL disagree with him.

On Wednesday afternoon, after the Milwaukee Bucks launched the first player protest, countless notable names from across all the sports leagues came out in support of the decision.

This is a tense time and everyone’s emotions are very raw. Arians’ take is polarizing, to say the least. It will be interesting to see how it is ultimately received in the locker room.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a lot to be excited about in 2020. It remains to be seen if these comments ultimately cause a rift in the locker room of any sort.

Related: LeBron James Upset He’s Not Getting To Lead NBA Movement?

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Jennifer Withers Hoey

Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.

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