Olivier Vernon, the only member of the New York Giants to kneel consistently during the playing of the national anthem before games last season, has said that he won't do so in the 2018 season.
Reporters began asking players about the issue again once the NFL reworked their policy regarding the national anthem last month, dragging it back in to the limelight.
Vernon was asked about kneeling while at Landon Collins' charity softball game. The defensive end turned outside linebacker cited the new fines as his motivation to end his protest, saying “I ain’t trying to get fined, so no. [he wouldn't be kneeling]."
Vernon began his protest after President Trump commented that players who kneel are "Sons of bitches" who should be fired.
“I mean, you never want to be told what to do,” Vernon added. “Especially when it comes to your freedom of speech. But it is what it is.”