If the Grizzlies want to take a knee during the national anthem, their coach will be with them every step of the way. On Monday during the Grizzlies' media day, coach David Fizdale was asked about the numerous NFL players and teams who took a knee during the national anthem on Sunday. The question also was posed about what would happen if his team wanted to take a knee. “Absolutely,” Fizdale said. “There’s no gray area today. I’ll be on my knee. Standing with your team is the most important thing especially when they’re standing for what’s right. … When these guys are on the right side of history, who am I to not stand with them and back them in a time when they can face a lot of criticism and a lot of backlash for it. So I’m in the trenches with these guys. Whatever they decide to do, I’ll be right there with them.” The outspoken Fizdale didn't stop there. He also commented on President Donald Trump. “He’s trying to divide us from our military now. He’s trying to divide us from our fan base. He’s trying to divide us from each other in the locker room,” Fizdale said. “My response to that is the human spirit will always win out. People are starting to see him for what he is. When you say that we’re disrespecting the military when we protest, I think that’s a slap in the face to all citizens who are all Americans.
Grizzlies' David Fizdale speaks out on NFL anthem protest, Donald Trump
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Sep 26