New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton spoke out strongly against the “madness” of gun violence in America for the second time in two years Tuesday in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, saying that he believes the “current policies and thoughts are flawed.”
“It’s very clear. And, look, if that pisses people off, it’s tough,” said Payton, who also passionately spoke out about the need for stronger gun control last year following former Saints player Will Smith’s shooting death.
“In being asked about our team’s decision on Sunday to stay in the locker room for the National Anthem, I used strong words to defend our right to make our own choices,” the statement reads. “Both my choice to spark dialogue for positive change and the fans’ choice to attend our games. It’s that freedom of choice that makes our democracy the envy of many around the world. The death threats that my family and I have received since my comments are heartbreaking. The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric.
“These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue.”
On Wednesday, Walker had strong words for fans planning to skip games because of protests.
“And the fans that don’t want to come to the game? I mean, OK. Bye,” Walker Cheap Jerseys Soccer said (via the Tennessean). “I mean, if you feel that’s something, we’re disrespecting Cheap Jerseys US you, don’t come to the game. You don’t have to. No one’s telling you to come to the game. It’s your freedom of choice to do that.”