Legendary sportscaster Vin Scully said he “will never watch another NFL game” due to player protests during the national anthem.
Scully made his statement during a question and answer period after a speech he gave at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California on Saturday night, ESPN reported.
Here’s what Scully said when asked about NFL player protests:
“I have only one personal thought, really. And I am so disappointed. And I used to love during the fall and winter to watch the NFL on Sunday. And it’s not that I’m some great patriot. I was in the Navy for a year, didn’t go anywhere, didn’t do anything. But I have overwhelming respect and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war. So the only thing I can do in my little way is not to preach — I will never watch another NFL game.”
Scully’s declaration was meet with cheers and applause. Here’s a clip:
Scully turned a few heads last year when he ripped socialism during a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers.
“Socialism, failing to work as it always does, this time in Venezuela. You talk about giving everybody something free and all of a sudden there’s no food to eat,” Scully said as Milwaukee third baseman Hernan Perez stood at bat in the sixth inning. “And who do you think is the richest person in Venezuela? The daughter of Hugo Chavez. Hello.”
Perez hails from Venezuela, which presumably opened the door for Scully to comment on that nation’s political system.
Scully, who turns 90 in a few weeks, retired last year as a sportscaster for the Dodgers — a stint that began in 1950 when the club was still in Brooklyn.