Metro investigating, NFL notified of death threats directed at Titans player amid protests

(Fox 17 News photo)

Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Mularkey told Fox 17 News on Friday that the National Football League has been notified of death threats directed at Tight End Delanie Walker.

Walker said he received the threats after his comments about saying "bye" to fans who are threatening to boycott Titans games. Metro Police are investigating the threats.

Mularkey also said what a great guy Walker was. The coach did not go into any details of what fans can expect to see at this Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.

That was following fallout from the Titans staying in the locker room during the national anthem. The team defeated the Seattle Seahawks, who also stayed in the locker room.

President Trump said NFL players who don't stand for National Anthem should be fired, which caused the league, teams and players to respond.

However, Walker said the team staying in the locker room had nothing to do with "disrespecting" the anthem.

"We stayed there, and we held hands. It's nothing about disrespecting the anthem. It's all about being united," Walker said.

On Thursday, Walker released a statement saying the threats aimed at his family are "heartbreaking."

Full Statement

The Tennessee Titans fans are the best in the NFL. What we do on the field every Sunday would mean nothing without knowing we are supported by the city of Nashville and the fans that have been by our side over the years.

One of the many things I gained from spending time in the Middle East on the NFL’s USO Tour this spring, is an appreciation for America’s core values and an even greater appreciation for the men and women that defend those values. In being asked about our team’s decision on Sunday to stay in the locker room for the National Anthem, I used strong words to defend our right to make our own choices. Both my choice to spark dialogue for positive change and the fans’ choice to attend our games. It’s that freedom of choice that makes our democracy the envy of many around the world.

The death threats that my family and I have received since my comments are heartbreaking. The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric. These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue.

I am proud to represent the many faces of Titans fans and believe that only through a more respectful discourse can we achieves the goals of unity, peace and racial equality that I know we all strive for.

Titan Up

Delanie Walker