England sustained two terrorist attacks within the past two weeks, but that won’t shake how Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians feels about his team traveling to the United Kingdom for an October contest.
On Tuesday, Arians said he wasn’t concerned about his team heading to the UK for about a week ahead of facing the Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium in London on Oct. 22.
“Anytime you’re apprehensive and let ISIS, or whoever it is, change the way you think or what you do, they’re winning,” Arians said, via ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss. “We’ll go, and we’ll go and do everything we can to put on a great show.
“If something happens, it happens, but it’s not going to scare us off.”
On May 22, a bomb went off at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, killing 22 people, many children. This past Saturday night, terrorists in a van ran over pedestrians on the London Bridge before exiting the vehicle and stabbing others. At least seven were killed and many more wounded.
Arians’ comments about not fearing terrorists falls in line with the resolve of many U.K. citizens.
“At this point in time it doesn’t make sense for my family to go over there,” he said. “I’ve got young kids, and my wife and I think that putting them in that situation isn’t beneficial, especially since I’m not going to be there.”
Veteran Antoine Bethea noted the precautions that will be taken ahead of the game in October.
“I’ll be lying if I said I’m not worrying about it,” Bethea said. “Things have been going [on] at some big-time events and things of that nature. But, at the end of the day, I’m pretty sure everybody, the league, they’re going to take as much precaution as they’re going to take to protect the team, the staff and even the family members that are traveling over there.
“You try not to focus on it too much, but being a human and just being real and just watching the news and seeing what’s going on, you can’t turn a naked eye to that.”