Panthers HC Matt Rhule keen to follow players’ lead on kneeling

(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Matt Rhule
(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Matt Rhule /

Carolina Panthers’ head coach Matt Rhule is keen for his players to take the lead when it comes to the issue of kneeling during the national anthem next season.

New Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule has been more vocal than most regarding the current climate across the country. While others have shied away from the spotlight regarding this issue. The former Baylor man has stepped up to the plate in support of his players and the community.

This is something that has undoubtedly gone down well with those on the Carolina Panthers. Even though most have not yet met Rhule in person. His statements on social injustice have caught the eye. And will command the instant respect of players he will be working with next season.

It would have been easy for Rhule to not get involved given the fact he is a rookie head coach. But he has shown compassion and willingness to support that has been nothing short of exemplary.

Speaking during a virtual presser on Thursday, Rhule once again declared his unconditional support for those players that choose to take a knee during the national anthem when competitive action resumes. He also stated that kneeling himself is something that the head coach will “think deeply about” to lend further weight behind the cause.

What Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule had to say on the kneeling issue

"“I will support my players with whatever they do and then when the time comes I will really think deeply about what is the best thing for me and what is the best way I can show my support. I think a lot of this has come from the players so I will wait to see what direction they are leaning, and then I will make my decision.”"

The Panthers have been in unison with their players regarding this critical matter. And this has come right from the very top. David Tepper has been focal in his desire to provide roster members with whatever they need. And has taken measures of his own to ensure the organization is leading the way.

This includes removing the statue of team founder Jerry Richardson from outside Bank of America Stadium. And the team also cut ties with CPI security following an insensitive remark.

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Not only does this show empathy from leadership with the Panthers. But it also provides playing staff with a security blanket that allows expression in the fight for equality.

These sorts of things have not been evident within the organization under the previous regime. So it also has the potential to be a positive element to matters on the field.

Rhule has conducted himself superbly during what has been a difficult period of transition to his new role. The coming campaign is going to be a baptism of fire, of that there is no question. But he is sure to have his players running through a brick wall for him in order to succeed.

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