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Monday, December 19, 2011
Jeremy Shockey: Texans not patriotic

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

When he was with the New York Giants early in his career, tight end Jeremy Shockey had a reputation for being outspoken and controversial.

He got away from that after joining the New Orleans Saints in 2008 and had been pretty quiet since joining the Carolina Panthers this season.

But Shockey's outspoken side surfaced again. Shockey was seen pointing at and saying something to Houston linebacker DeMeco Ryans and defensive back Jason Allen after he caught a touchdown pass from Cam Newton in Carolina's victory on Sunday.

Shockey later explained his actions and said he was upset because a number of Texans did not put their hands over their hearts during the national anthem. Shockey estimated about 10 Texans did not have their hands over their hearts.

"I was pretty upset in the way they weren't showing respect to America during the national anthem," Shockey said. "This is America and you should at least give respect to America.

"This is America and this is just a game and they should not only be very proud of this country, but very gifted to be living here. Maybe they just forgot to do it or something, but I don't see how you could forget to do that."

When told of Shockey’s comments, Ryans fired back.

"If he's so patriotic, why was he looking at our bench instead of the flag?" Ryans said, according to the Houston Chronicle. "Where did he come up with the number 10? Was he counting? Why was he paying attention to us during the national anthem?"