Former New York Mets slugger Darryl Strawberry does not approve of NFL players protesting the national anthem, or any athlete using the stage they're given to make a political statement.
'The national anthem stands for what America is all about regardless of what's happening,' the eight-time All-Star told the Fox Business Network.
Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the trend of protesting police violence against minorities during the 2016 preseason, when he was still a member of the San Francisco 49ers. Since that time, players across the NFL have followed in a variety of ways. Some, such as Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett have remained seated on the bench during the anthem whereas others have remained standing with one fist raised in the air.
Former Mets, Dodgers, Giants, and Yankees slugger Darryl Strawberry shared his objections to national anthem protests with the Fox Business Network on Wednesday
'I would tell them,' Strawberry continued, 'really leave the politics alone as far as your job. You go out and do your job and play sports because you only really have [a] one-time window open to play sports and have an impact and sports is going to pass away, but what legacy will you leave in life? And that's the most important thing.'
Strawberry did not specifically name any current athletes, and stressed that he has no problem with any of the people who have chosen to take a knee during the national anthem.
The problem, as Strawberry sees it, is that the protests are becoming divisive.
'I wouldn't do it and I'm not against guys that are doing it, but we have a problem in America, and we need to come together as people, not color but as people,' Strawberry said. 'And we need to understand that God has a perfect plan for all of us to come together and love each other and really work together. And I think when we work against each other, it separates