SF Storm Coach, Former Player React To New NFL Rule


It started out as a sports story, but it’s grown into something transcending the world of sports: whether or not an NFL player should be able to kneel during the national anthem, and if he does, what are the consequences? Now, the NFL has a new rule

NFL owners have approved a new stance- a player has to stand and cannot kneel during the national anthem if they are on the field. However, players will be allowed to remain in the locker room during the anthem if they want. If a player doesn’t follow this policy, their team would be fined.

Wednesday night KELOLAND News asked current Sioux Falls Storm coach Kurtiss Riggs and former Storm player Tyler Knight what they think.

“It’s interesting, it’s interesting to see what happens, what transforms after the players unions and things get together for those guys and see what happens,” Knight said.

Knight declined to give his personal opinion on the policy, but shared his personal stance on the flag. His father is in the military.

“I always stood for the flag…like I say, military reasons, my father being in the military,” Knight said.

We asked current Storm Head Coach Kurtiss Riggs if he supports the NFL policy.

“I think that’s tough,” Riggs said. “I think we should stand, I mean that’s my personal view, but I think there’s people that have viewpoints that they want to express and share, and sometimes it’s really hard to get it out there without being in the spotlight to do that.”

Riggs says he “would hope that the players would stand.” For his team, he wants to keep the lines of communication open.

“Our policy with the Storm is just don’t surprise us,” Riggs said. “Let’s talk about it. And if there’s something that needs to be addressed, let’s figure out a way to address it.”

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