Vin Scully: 'I will never watch another NFL game'

In a November, 2016 file photo, legendary Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.


By TOM SCHAD | USA Today (Tribune News Service) | Published: November 6, 2017

Vin Scully said Saturday night that he will “never watch another NFL game” in response to the ongoing demonstrations by some players during the national anthem.

Speaking at “An Evening with Vin Scully” at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, the longtime Los Angeles Dodgers announcer was asked about the response from owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell to the demonstrations, which players have used to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

“I have only one personal thought, really. And I am so disappointed,” Scully said, according to multiple videos of the moment posted on social media. “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, who will celebrate his 90th birthday later this month, retired last fall after 67 seasons as a broadcaster for the Dodgers. He also contributed to NFL and PGA Tour broadcasts on CBS from 1975 to 1982.

Scully has largely remained out of the public eye since retiring, though he did participate in a first-pitch ceremony before Game 2 of the World Series late last month, appearing alongside former Dodgers Steve Yeager and Fernando Valenzuela.

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