HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Players line the sidelines and fans rise from their seats to honor the playing of the national anthem before the starts of NFL games. Sunday was no different as a performer on the field belted out the Star-Spangled Banner along with thousands of others at Reliant Stadium before the start of the game between the Houston Texans and the Carolina Panthers.
Jeremy Shockey was apparently watching players from his opposition rather than watching the vocalist or gazing at the United States flag.
“I was pretty upset in the way that they (Texans players) weren’t showing respect to America during the national anthem,” the Panthers tight end told SportsRadio 610. “There were about 10 players that didn’t put their arms across their chest.
“This is America. You should at least respect America.”
Shockey mentioned that he addressed Texans players on the field about his disgust with their posture during the anthem, but he refused to reveal what was said.
These comments come after the Panthers’ 28-13 victory over the Texans and after a couple of heated verbal exhanges between Shockey and Texans inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans during the game, the first of which happened after he escaped Ryans’ tackle to complete a nine-yard catch and run for a touchdown during the first half. Shockey responded with a celebratory taunting.
“It was a simple play,” Shockey said after the game. “And what’s the guys name? DeMario Ryans? DeMeco Ryans couldn’t make the play. It was an easy touchdown.”
During the third quarter, Ryans hit Shockey so hard as what should have been a completion became an incomplete pass as he was unable to hold onto the ball.
“They have a good defense,” Shockey said. “They’re playoff-bound for the first time in franchise history, but you’ve got to show resepct to America.”