Mayor Pugh Supports Ravens National Anthem Protests

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says she supports NFL players’ right to protest but declined to comment on whether she supported the message of the protests.

“I stand with the teams and I stand with the owners,” Pugh said Wednesday. “I just think that people should have freedom of speech.”

But asked whether she agreed with the protests, Pugh had nothing to add.

They started with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first sitting and then kneeling during the performance of the national anthem at the beginning of games to protest police officers shooting black people. They escalated this weekend after he was denounced by President Donald Trump.