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Fiery fury: Titans fans burn branded gear after Sunday's anthem no-show

After the Titans stayed in the locker room during the national anthem at Sunday's game, some fans are burning their Titans gear on Monday.

Fans booed when the Titans and Seattle Seahawks didn't appear on the field for the singing of the national anthem at Nissan Stadium on Sunday

Titans fans, who were outraged by the no-show, shared posts on social media using fire to burn tee shirts on the ground. Some also sent our sister station WZTV before and after photos of NFL gear being burned.

"That's not what we're doing," Jon Flanders said. "That's not what football fans are for. We're not here to listen to protests. It's there for an escape, not there for a political platform."

Outside the Titans team store at Nissan Stadium, fans were happy to share their point of view from both sides of the debate.

"It's a free country," Riley Mahaffey said. "Everybody has the right to protest, but it's just such a touchy situation for all the men and women we've lost protecting to give us that freedom."

"I did notice it while I was at the game, and like I said, it comes down to freedom and NFL players are allowed to do what they want," Courtney Aucoin said.

"You're really standing for all the sacrifices that have been given for the country," Ryan Walter said. "To make sure that we have this freedom to be here to be in these big old stadiums."

Titans players opened up about the decision to stay in the locker room, saying it was all about being united.

"We're not disrespecting the military, the men and women that serve in the Army, that's not what it's all about," said Delanie Walker, Titans tight end. "If you look at most of the guys in here; I've been in the USO, I support the troops. It's not about that. It's about equal rights. That's what we're trying to show that we all care about each other."

Titans Owner Amy Adams Strunk said she's proud to stand by the team.

“I am proud to stand with our players and support them in their work on and off the football field. I completely agree with Commissioner Goodell that we are better off as a nation when we are unified and pulling together. I have seen that kind of attitude first-hand in Tennessee and across our country in the many benevolent and public-spirited efforts of our NFL players, often without any public recognition. Our players make public contributions day-in and day-out and when I hear anyone making disparaging remarks about them, I know it has to be the result of not knowing what they bring to our communities or what they have accomplished.”

 


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