Ever since Colin Kaepernick’s social protests became national news, many people have taken a side on the matter and have often criticized or demonized those whose views do not align with theirs.

Justin Pugh is not one of those people.

“I think the beauty of this country is everyone has their right to express how they feel,” the Giants offensive guard said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “So when everything came out, I personally chose to say, ‘I’m going to be standing for the anthem.’ I think that’s something that you should do, but I also realize guys have their other viewpoints on it. But that’s across the league. I think those guys have their right to do their protest. I just wish it was something other than the anthem, but hey, everyone’s got their right to choose, and I’m choosing to stand.”

Pugh, 26, was a first-round pick in 2013. He is in his fourth year with the Giants (1-0), who host New Orleans (0-1) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Last year, the Giants lost in the Superdome, 52-49.

“I think last year going in there we were in a shootout,” Pugh said. “That was another game we lost literally on the last second of the game. I call it the redemption tour. We had Dallas Week 1, we have the Saints coming in this week, it’s another big game, they have a great offense. I’m looking forward to getting out there and making some things happen and coming out this time with a win.”


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