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Tennessee Titans Star Jurrell Casey Plans To Protest During National Anthem

A general view of the San Francisco 49ers field with an American flag stretched across it.

SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: A general view during the singing of the National Anthem before the San Francisco 49ers game against the Chicago Bears at Levi's Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Two months ago, the NFL handed down a controversial decision to change the way teams approach the playing of the national anthem before a game. Teams with players who protest during the national anthem (on the field) will be fined.

Players have the option to stay in the locker room during the anthem if they so choose. However, any public display of "disrespect" towards the flag and the anthem will not be tolerated by the NFL.

One current NFL player doesn't care. Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey plans to protest during the national anthem.

Casey spoke with CNN and laid out his decision.

"I'm going to take a fine this year, why not?" said Casey at an NFL promotional event in London. "I'm going to protest during the flag. That's what I'm going to say now."

Casey is the most high-profile athlete to announce his intention to protest during the anthem. The Titans star has been a Pro Bowler each of the past three seasons.

Casey, a former USC Trojan, will surely gather headlines once the season begins. It will be interesting to see if Casey is joined by any teammates, or other NFL players in protesting during the anthem.

[CNN]