SAN FRANCISCO — The Oakland Raiders owner who has refused to allow medical exams for players who refuse to stand during the national anthem has denied the player’s claim that the team would fire him for refusing to stand.NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Raiders owner Mark Davis said, “No, I’m not interested in that.”
Davis has faced criticism from some NFL owners who have criticized his decision to allow players to kneel during the anthem in protest of police brutality.
Davis has called kneeling during the game “a distraction to our game” and said he would not stand for the anthem “in any capacity.”
Oakland Raiders owner/general manager Reggie McKenzie says he does not want the team fired for refusing the anthem.
The NFL Players Association issued a statement Friday, saying, “It is our position that the Raiders have been the loudest voices for respect for our flag and the national flag.”
Oaklanders coach Dennis Allen said in a statement that the NFL has not offered him any kind of financial or personal assistance or assistance in terms of compensation.
Oakland is the only NFL team to refuse to allow the players to stand and is the first team to do so since the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017.
Oakland has been one of the few teams that has not allowed players to hold up signs during the pregame anthem.