Titans players who choose to remain in the locker room during the pregame national anthem have the entire organization’s support,coach Mike Vrabel said Wednesday.
Vrabel said he addressed the issue with his players earlier in the day, while speaking to reporters for the first time since the NFL last week created a policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem if they’re on the field before games.
Vrabel said the policy doesn’t make his job any easier, and he said the team regularly discusses important off-the-field issues.
It’s going to be something that we’ll continue to address,Vrabel said. We’ll continue to address things that affect our players, that affect our team, that affect our fans. Those things are ongoing. That just doesn’t come up once a week. We talk about all types of things in the morning in the team meetings, that I think are important.
Whether that be our conduct off the field, how we treat women, the decisions that we make when we’re out at restaurants and bars and clubs, to not get in an automobile and drive. I try to just teach them every chance I get. If there’s things that are on my mind and I don’t sleep at night, I usually come in and talk to them about them. Every day there’s a situation with workplace misconduct or some mistreatment of a female. So I try to remind our guys that we want to stay away from those types of situations.
The Caps hung on through a scoreless third period for their first Stanley Cup Final victory in franchise history largely because of a bounce-back performance by Holtby, who was battered in Vegas’ 6-4 series-opening win.
Holtby capped his energetic performance with a jaw-dropping stick save with 1:59 to play, stretching back to rob Alex Tuch of a possible tying goal.
We refocus and pick each other up and that’s a sign of a good team, Holtby said. That’s one of our strengths.
Brooks Orpik ended a personal 220-game drought with the eventual winning goal for the Caps, who rebounded from a ramshackle loss in the opener and handed the expansion Golden Knights only their second home defeat the first in regulation in Vegas’ nine postseason games.
James Neal and Shea Theodore scored and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 shots for the upstart Knights, who couldn’t summon their usual clutch magic in the third period, even with lengthy man advantages.