Vin Scully: ‘I will never watch another NFL game’ due to protests

Watching NFL games is no longer part of Vin Scully’s retirement plans.

The legendary Dodgers broadcaster, who left the booth after 67 major-league seasons last year, said the player protests during the national anthem have permanently turned him off from football.

During an event Saturday in Pasadena, Calif., Scully was asked about the response from team owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell to the demonstrations, which players continue to use to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

“I have only one personal thought, really. And I am so disappointed,” Scully said. “I used to love, during the fall and winter, to watch the NFL on Sunday. And it’s not that I’m some great patriot. I was in the Navy for a year. Didn’t go anywhere. Didn’t do anything. But I have overwhelming respect and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war. So the only thing I can do in my little way is not to preach. I will never watch another NFL game.”

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sparked the polarizing anthem issue when he first protested during “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the beginning of last season.

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GAME OF THE WEEK -- Pictured: (l-r) NBC Sports' announcers Vin Scully, Joe Garagiola (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
IT TAKES TWO -- Season 1 - Pictured: Host Vin Scully -- (Photo by: Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - 1987: Voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers radio broadcasts, Vin Scully, poses in the outfield of Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES -2002: TV Announcer Vin Scully poses for a portrait in 2002 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
Vin Scully during the press conference announcing Frank McCourt's purchase of Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium (Photo by Kirby Lee/WireImage)
Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully(L), new broadcaster Charlie Steiner, Dodger owner Frank McCourt with Hall of Fame announcer Jaime Jarrin (R) during press conference at Dodger Stadium Monday, November 22, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Soohoo/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: Vin Scully during the on field ceremonies for the game to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on April 15, 2007. The Dodgers defeated the Padres 9-13. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully gives the call of 'It's time for Dodger baseball!' before the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on April 13, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
Dodgers sportscaster Vin Scully laughs during the Dodgers� Angels exhibition game at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
WEST LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 13: Sportscaster Vin Scully attends the Los Angeles Police Celebrity Golf Tournament & Family Fun Day at Rancho Park Golf Course on October 13, 2012 in West Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Parade Grand Marshal Vin Scully attends the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade Presented by Honda on January 1, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 04: Los Angeles Dodger announcer Vin Scully during Dodgers 2014 season opening day at Dodger Stadium on April 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
August 28, 2015: Dodger play caller Vin Scully gets a standing ovation after they announce he will be returning next year to call games for the Dodgers during the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. (Photo by Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully and wife Sandi Scully hold hands on the field before the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully waves to the crowd befoe the game against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on September 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 24: Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully waves to the crowd after leading in the singing of Take Me Out to the Ball Game during the seventh inning stretch of the game with the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgets won 14-1. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Thursday, October 13 included Colin Farrell ('Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'), Laverne Cox ('The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again') and musical guest Vin Scully (Legendary voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers). (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) VIN SCULLY, JIMMY KIMMEL
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to broadcaster and National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Vin Scully during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House November 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama presented the medal to 19 living and two posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and the arts. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 12: Sportscaster Vin Scully accepts the Icon Award onstage at The 2017 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03: Former Dodger Announcer Vin Scully gives a speech during the Dodgers' Ring of Honor ceremony for Scully before an MLB game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 3, 2017, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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President Trump reignited the controversy in September when he called on owners to release “any son of a bitch” who took a knee or protested using another gesture.

Trump’s comments quickly inspired dozens of players throughout the league to protest, which obscured the initial meaning behind the demonstrations.

Only one MLB player — A's catcher Bruce Maxwell — has taken a knee during the anthem.

Scully, who turns 90 later this month, was no stranger to the NFL during his long career. In addition to covering MLB games, the PGA Tour and the Masters Tournament, he was in the NFL booth for CBS from 1975-82.

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