Former NFL running back turned potential United States Senate candidate Herschel Walker has shared his opinion on Olympic athletes protesting.
Earlier this year, an athlete at the United States track and field Olympic trials protested during the national anthem in Eugene, Oregon.
At the start of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, multiple women’s soccer teams took a knee before the start of the match.
While the Summer Olympics have banned certain protests, many athletes are still finding ways to show where they stand. Walker isn’t a fan of it.
“This is the United States of America, and if people don’t like the rules here — and there’s no doubt we can make some things better — but if people don’t like the rules here, why are you here?” Walker told Fox News.
Walker, who competed in the 1992 Olympics as a United States bobsledder, said it was one of the proudest moments of his career.
“When I started seeing the United States flag and started seeing the people, the uniform, all my teammates from all different sports coming into that stadium — it almost brought a tear to my eye when I started thinking of where I grew up as a boy in my little hometown, and now having the chance to represent the United States of America,” Walker said. “I couldn’t have been more proud of anything.”
Walker added that athletes have a right to do whatever they want when it comes to protesting, though he’s not a fan of it during competition.
“It’s very sad to me because any other country… I can promise you… they would not be representing that country,” he said. “I totally disagree with it, but they have the right to do it, even though I think it’s wrong. We have to have leaders that… are going to stand up and say the right thing. You can feel a certain way and I think that’s great, but this is the United States Olympics. … I’m not sure that’s the time or place.”
The 2020 Summer Olympics are currently underway from Tokyo.