Stevie Wonder is telling TMZ Sports exactly what the national anthem protests mean to him … and why taking a knee does NOT disrespect the flag.
We asked Stevie about the NFL movement sweeping the country … and he told us that it’s a fight for respect and unity — two things Donald Trump wasn’t preachin’ when he told NFL owners to fire their “SOB” players.
“People want to be respected … the constitution’s about everyone being respected,” Stevie said.
“It’s about stopping all this … putting one group against the other group.”
As for criticism that kneeling ain’t patriotic — “People have died for the flag — everyone, every culture, every ethnicity — so it’s not about not valuing the flag.”
FYI, the legendary singer joined the protest last weekend … dropping to his knees in back-to-back concerts.