Giants co-owner John Mara, predictably, winced when Olivier Vernon told fans who didn’t like him kneeling during the national anthem to stay home.

But he also respects Vernon’s decision to kneel, even while admitting he will be trying to talk him out of it someday.

Mara, appearing on ESPN New York’s The Michael Kay Show, said he didn’t think Vernon was trying to antagonize fans who disagreed with him.

“I haven’t talked to him about that yet, but I don’t really think he meant it that way,” Mara said, via NJ.com. “If you look at the overall interview that he gave, it was actually pretty good. I think he should have chosen his words more carefully.”

Vernon, the son of a police officer, began kneeling in Week Three, sparked by President Donald Trump’s criticism. He has said repeatedly his protest has nothing to do with the military or law enforcement, but rather is about racial inequality.