EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.–Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler is an interesting subject his team protested during the national anthem before today’s 20-6 loss to the Jets. Not only is he a relative newcomer to this group, but he publicly supported Donald Trump during the election last year.
The majority of the players and staff locked arms in solidarity for the anthem, though at least five kneeled, and Cutler was among them. He mostly preferred not to discuss it in his post-game press conference.
“I don’t think my comments are going to help the situation,” he said. “I want to support my teammates the best that I can. I’d do anything for those guys in there even though I’ve only been here a month or so. They give us everything they can out there. Off the field, I want to help and support them anyway they need it.”
Miami safety Michael Thomas, one of five team captains this season, said the Dolphins had a good meeting about the issue Saturday night. He said every player participated in the conversation about what to do, which was a change from last year when they had trouble even effectively discussing it.
Cutler did not believe the demonstration had anything to do with how poorly Miami played.
“We just stood and locked arms,” he said. “I think we were just supporting each other. I don’t think that’s too out of line or something that can be misconstrued as us not being focused on the game, because we were. You can look at our practices. There are good days and bad days. There are good plays and bad plays, but everyone was focused and everyone felt like they were prepared.”
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