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Bucs coach Koetter says he would be 'personally' disappointed if a player didn't stand for the National Anthem

Dirk Koetter said if a player wanted to object to standing for the National Anthem that they would address the matter in house.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Dirk Koetter said if a player wanted to object to standing for the National Anthem that they would address the matter in house.

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Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has made sure his team knows how and where to stand during the National Anthem before NFL games.

"Believe it or not, we have practiced how to line up for the National Anthem. We've worked on it,'' Koetter said.

Koetter considers the National Anthem a salute to those who have served in the military, but he doesn't believe the team has the right to require players to stand at attention during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.

"I don't know if our organization has a right to tell a guy that he needs to do that,'' Koetter said. "I would be disappointed if any of our players didn't stand up for the National Anthem. Personally, I look at that as a salute to the people who paved the way for us. But at the same time, this is a free country and freedom of speech is something we all believe in and freedom of expression and that's an individual's choice. That's a fine line. But I would personally be disappointed but I think that would be hard to enforce that rule.''

Koetter said if a player wanted to object to standing for the National Anthem that they would address the matter in house.

"I'm sure there would have to be a conversation, but that would be a private conversation,'' Koetter said. "Again, there's a lot of private conversations that go on upstairs that aren't shared with the world.''

 

 

 

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