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Jessie James Decker says husband Eric was not consulted before anthem protest

The Tennessee Titans were one of three NFL teams on Sunday to not take the field for the national anthem, but apparently they did not ask all of their players for their opinion before making the political statement.

In a lengthy Instagram post Monday morning, Decker’s wife Jessie James — a country singer — wrote about how much she loves singing the national anthem and what the song means to her.

One of my favorite things to do is sing the national anthem. I think about my dad, my uncles, my cousins, both grandfathers who fought in the Vietnam war. I think about how my grandfather paw paw Tim would ask me to sing this song for him every time I saw him and how he would make me turn the other way to sing it so he could just weep and cry as hard as he wanted because it meant so much to him. I think about all of our troops I got to visit with and spend time with in the Middle East when I went over seas to sing for them. I think about all of the men crying because they missed their wives so much, or the man telling me he hadn't seen his baby girl yet since she was born. When I sing this song I think about them. This song is about them. It's not about me. That's what I think about every time I sing it. I love our country so much. And we should all love and respect each other because this is the greatest country in the world. I see the love. I see the unity in all walks of life on a daily basis and It makes me so proud to be an American….. so In the words of Forrest Gump. That's all I have to say about that.

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When one of James’ followers pointed out that her husband took part in an anthem protest, she revealed that Eric was not asked for his opinion on the subject and was unaware of the plan until the last second.

“My husband was not made aware it was time to go out for the game,” James said. “Unfortunately a decision was made for him without him knowing.”

As TMZ noted, Decker was one of the many people who commented on his wife’s Instagram post when he wrote “Preach baby.”

The Titans said in a statement that their players decided as a group to remain in the locker room during the national anthem.

“As a team, we wanted to be unified in our actions today. The players jointly decided this was the best course of action,” the statement read. “Our commitment to the military and our community is resolute and the absence of our team for the national anthem shouldn’t be misconstrued as unpatriotic.”

Jessie James Decker is known for having a great sense of humor, which she often puts on display with borderline inappropriate comments about her husband. This was obviously a topic that was far more serious for the couple.

Photo via Jessie James Decker/Instagram

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