Lurie did not offer direct comment on the new policy but he did issue a general statement.
“I have always believed it is the responsibility of sports teams to be very proactive in our communities. In this great country of ours, there are so many people who are hurting and marginalized, which is why I am proud of our players for continuously working to influence positive change. Their words and actions have demonstrated not only that they have a great deal of respect for our country, but also that they are committed to finding productive ways to fight social injustice, poverty and other societal issues that are important to all of us. We must continue to work together in creative and dynamic ways to make our communities stronger and better with equal opportunities for all.”
A nice sentiment, for sure, but it doesn’t really actually say much. Lurie is playing this one down the middle between his fellow owners and the players they all employ.
Speaking of players, it’ll be interesting to see what outspoken Eagles such as Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long have to say about Lurie’s comments. Jenkins and Long released statements of their own on Wednesday that expressed disappointment in the league’s new anthem policy.
We’ll likely hear from Jenkins and Long after practice next Tuesday, May 29.