CNN's Anderson Cooper hosted a town hall forum on the NFL's national anthem protests. When Steelers great Hines Ward weighed in on it, fellow panelist Spike Lee wasn't “buying it.”

“We talk about unity in the NFL,” Ward said. “And so it seems like every NFL team of team was trying to figure out how to do it the right way, and they totally just bombed it. And the leader of our league, Roger Goodell, he was nowhere to be found.”

The former Steelers wide receiver and special teams specialist had a stinging analogy for his team.

“Through Sunday, teams were trying to figure out, what's the best way to do this,” he continued. “You saw the Pittsburgh Steelers, you see how we did it, we totally dropped the ball. Tennessee and Seattle, they didn’t want to be a part of it either way. They stayed in the locker room. Other teams stayed out.”

“And then finally on Monday night, and it kills me to say this, hurts me to say this, the Dallas Cowboys came close to getting it right,” he said. “Jerry Jones, the owner, kneeled down with his players to show support for the players that was going through the protests, but at the same time, those same players stood for the national anthem.”

Spike Lee wasn't “buying” the owners kneeling and locking arms in solidarity with NFL players.


“No, no. I got enough patriots already,” Lee responded. “Here’s the thing. I was not buying that stuff, that show with the owners kneeling with the players with their arms locked up. I wasn’t buying it because they’re forgetting why this whole thing has happened. If they want to unite the players, Colin Kaepernick should have a job in the NFL.”

The director then got in an extremely heated dispute over Kaepernick with his co-panelists, especially former New York Jets player, Michel Faulkner.

Watch the fireworks below, via CNN.

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