A week after his old team lost to the Astros in the World Series, famed L.A. Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully made an appearance at the Pasadena Civic Center last night for "An Evening With Vin Scully", where he shared some choice opinions about Major League Baseball, and professional sports more broadly.
During the event, an audience member asked Scully for his thoughts on the NFL anthem protest, to which, as Deadspin first reported, Scully responded that he was so repulsed by NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem that he decided to never watch another NFL Game.
"I have only one personal thought, really. And I am so disappointed. And I used to love, during the fall and winter, to watch the NFL on Sunday. And it's not that I'm some great patriot. I was in the Navy for a year -- didn't go anywhere, didn't do anything. But I have overwhelming respect and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war. So the only thing I can do in my little way is not to preach. I will never watch another NFL game."
As Sports Illustrated notes, Scully’s remarks come at a relatively safe time for him, as he retired last year after almost seven decades as a broadcaster for the Dodgers. Over the past two seasons of the NFL, players have been kneeling during the National Anthem, despite the NFL guidelines encouraging players to stand and place their hands over their hearts.
Scully, who will turn 90 later this month, briefly served in the Navy before beginning his broadcasting career. National Anthem protests have been far less common in the MLB, where Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, has knelt during the national anthem.