Sean 'Diddy' Combs on New NFL Anthem Policy: 'I Don't Want to be Associated With Oppressing Black Men'

Nick Kangadis | June 8, 2018

Ugh, the NFL protest situation. It’s over. Get over it.

There are so many platforms that NFL players have the “privilege” of using — other than the field — that the rest of don’t have. Whether it’s the media, athletes or the Hollywood cult, it’s getting old, and it seems like adults have regressed to crying like petulant children when they don’t get their way.

Rapper and Hip-Hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs joined the hosts of BigBoyTV to talk about...well, a lot of different things. But since the 48-year-old lost his bid a few weeks ago to purchase the Carolina Panthers franchise, the hosts wanted to know Combs’ thoughts on the NFL’s new national anthem policy requiring players to stand for the anthem before games or stay off the field.

“I don’t want to be associated with oppressing black men,” Combs said. “I don’t want to be associated with telling grown ass men what they can do and not do.”

Which oppression is that? The oppression that allows grown men to play kids’ games for a living? The oppressions that allows grown men to make millions of dollars and influence millions of people?

Here’s video of Combs’ comments:


Host Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander spoke about how the original message of the protests weren’t about disrespecting the flag or the military -- which, to be fair, they weren’t. But, what the protesters fail to understand — much like they think the rest of us don’t understand their message — is that the reason people don’t like the protesting is the time and place they choose to do it. Whether it’s their intent or not, their stance (or lack thereof) is absolutely disrespectful to the flag and the military.

If you have the ability to make people appreciate what you do on the field, then with all the platforms afforded to millionaires, why is it so difficult to protest or talk about social justice off the field? Heck, the NBA has had a policy instructing players and coaches to stand for the anthem for a few years now. Sure, it's buried near the end of their rule book, but it's right there on page 60.

My whole thing is that I want sports and politics to become separate again, or all least less prevalent than it is now. I just want to enjoy my hometown teams’ games without having a big, heaping helping of social justice that I didn’t turn the game on to see.