More NFL players chose to avoid paying respects to the National Anthem Sunday as players followed Kaepernick’s lead. Numerous players raised their fists or knelt during the opening football weekend — which also marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
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Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters started the day by raising his fist with a black glove on, shortly after four Miami Dolphins players knelt, and players from several other teams interlocked arms or raised their fists as an apparent sign of unity with Kaepernick. Kaepernick began his protest during the preseason over what he said was the oppression of “black people and people of color.”
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But that wasn’t all. ABC News reports:
In later games, the New England Patriots‘ Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty raised their fists following the anthem, as did Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard and Jason McCourty of theTennessee Titans.
Other individual players — including Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid, and Denver Broncos‘ linebacker Brandon Marshall — have at times also followed Kaepernick’s lead in kneeling during the anthem.
President Barack Obama has said earlier, that Kaepernick was exercising his constitutional rights by protesting and provoking conversation “around some topics that need to be talked about.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he supported the players’ right to protest, but that they should also “respect those people who have made sacrifices for their country.”
The NFL protests — especially during the anniversary of 9/11 — have sparked anger in many Americans, who view the actions as disrespecting the military, the US flag and the nation as a whole.
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(H/T: ABC News)