By Will Brinson
Jeremy Shockey played a big role in Carolina's 28-13 victory over the Texans in Reliant Stadium on Sunday, catching a 9-yard touchdown pass. But he made more noise after the game, when Shockey ripped members of the Texans for not showing respect to the National Anthem.
Well, at least in Shockey's opinion anyway -- the Panthers tight end apparently didn't feel like some of the players should've had their hands on by their sides.
"Myself, I was pretty upset they weren't showing respect to America during the national anthem," Shockey said per Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer. "There were about 10 players who didn't put their arms across their chests. This is America. They should at least give respect to America. Maybe they just forgot to do it or something. I don't see how you can forget something like that."
Um, OK? That's just weird, right?
It's not like the Texans players turned the opposite way as the anthem was being sung. And it's not like they waved British flags while the music was playing.
They simply stood there without putting their hand on their hearts. Good for Shockey if he's able to use it as motivation later during the game, but there's really no reason to rant about it -- unprovoked -- to reporters afterwards.
For what it's worth, Shockey took to Twitter after the game to apologize, so clearly he feels bad about the comments.
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