Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked about former Alabama players now in the NFL kneeling or sitting during the national anthem. (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP)

Alabama coach Nick Saban was asked by a caller on his radio show Thursday night about some NFL players kneeling or sitting during the playing of the national anthem as a way of protesting what they see as racial inequality and injustice.

The caller said he was a veteran and asked Saban if any of his former Alabama that might be involved in these pregame protests would be welcome back on the Crimson Tide sideline during games.

This was Saban's answer: