Days after President Trump called for any "son of a bitch" to sit or kneel during the anthem to be "fired," nearly 200 NFL players decided to sit or take a knee during the anthem played before their respective games on Sept. 24 and 25. Peterson, along with several of his now-former Saints teammates, was among them.
"Following back on what the President had to say, 'Fire those sons of Bs,' it's like, that was a slap in the face to us," Peterson told reporter Jared Fialko after the game.
"I know my guys and how we view what's going on here in the United States. You think of the Pledge of Allegiance -- one nation under God, indivisible -- you think about just the values that we stand for. Here lately, those values have been questionable in a lot of different areas. (We were) just showing our support and getting back on track. There's a need for change."