Titans superfan who once blasted team now says he understands protests

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One of the Tennessee Titans’ biggest fans is taking a stand amid recent protests in the NFL.

Superfan Kelten Stewart is from Mt. Juliet. He and his friends, about a group of 25, call themselves "Bud's Boys" and tailgate at every home game.

He says this past Sunday was hard.

"I felt betrayed, I felt like almost they turned their back on the reason they were there," Stewart said.

When Titans’ players stayed in the locker room during the national anthem -- Stewart booed and then blasted the team on Facebook.

Since then, he's come to understand they were protesting the president saying players should be fired for taking a public stand against inequality and police brutality.

And Stewart has had a change of heart.

"Because they support each other and they love each other and I got the message from the Titans and that's why I'll continue to support the Titans," Stewart said.

Thursday night in Green Bay, Wisconsin another show of unity led by Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

He asked everyone in the stadium to stand and lock arms during the anthem.

Chants of “USA, USA” could be heard throughout the stadium. Something President Donald Trump must have been happy to hear.

"The NFL cannot disrespect our country, they cannot disrespect our flag or our national anthem," Trump said in a previous interview.

We likely haven't heard the last of the anthem protests.

But, folks may be closer to the place Stewart has settled -- a place of understanding about the strong feelings on both sides.

“Why did they do what they did and why were they so adamant about not going out there," Stewart explained.

Stewart's position isn't unique, but many fans are still angry. They say they're “done with the Titans” and the NFL until they “learn to respect the flag.”

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