Multiple NFL players from various teams are now following suit in solidarity to Colin Kaepernick’s initial protest of the national anthem.
On the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, several NFL players felt inspired by Kaepernick’s controversial exclusion of the national anthem to protest for racial equality and they decided to protest as well, Mashable reports.
The Kansas City Chiefs players locked arms in solidarity, and one of its players, Marcus Peters, raised a black-gloved fist during the anthem on Sunday.
According to Yahoo, Peters spoke on Friday about Kaepernick’s stance and said, “What was going on in law enforcement, it does need to change. It does need to change for all, equal opportunities for everybody, not just us as black Americans. I don’t think nothing is being done about it.”
Peters also told the media that he fully supports Kaepernick’s decision.
“He spoke up about something he felt he needed to speak up about. I salute him for that,” he said.
Continuing the trend of solidarity, four teammates of the Miami Dolphins, Michael Thomas, Kenny Stills, Arian Foster, and Jelani Jenkins, kneeled on Sunday during the national anthem.
Miami Dolphins Players Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins, Kenny Stills And Michael Thomas Kneel During National Anthem pic.twitter.com/SF59L8eV0z— Ploud (@PloudNews) September 11, 2016
After the protest, the Miami Dolphins team posted a statement on Twitter defending the players’ right to freedom of speech.
“We also recognize that it’s an individual’s right to reflect during the national anthem in different ways. We respect these liberties and appreciate the sacrifices that everyone has made for our country, especially on this day of remembrance.”
Every player of the Seattle Seahawks team stood and locked their arms and protested together.
Danny Amendola of the New England Patriots held the flag during the national anthem on 9/11, while his teammates, Devin McCourty and Martellus Bennett held their gloved fists up in the air.
This inspiring, trendy movement that Kaepernick started across the NFL proves to us that football players are not focused on winning a game, they are also concerned about racial equality in our country and they are brave enough to show that on the field.
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