"Maybe I'm just from another era," Mr. Largent said, the station reported. "I think there's a lot of opportunities that players have to make their point. I think doing it during the national anthem is not the right time for any kind of statement to be made. You have a microphone in your face, or pen on a paper at the drop of a hat. So there's a lot of times to make political statements or make statements of disappointment — whatever you want to make. But don't make it during the national anthem. There have been too many people in our country that have fought hard for that flag. I know they'll say that this is not about them. Well ya know, in fact, it really is."
"We appreciate the commitment made by these companies to protect wireless users in the event their smartphones are lost or stolen," CTIA CEO Steve Largent said in a written statement.