After the hateful displays last week I was pretty much waiting for a repeat of last week’s performance by a good majority of the player in the NFL..
What did the players around the NFL do today during the anthem before their games?
Some knelt. Some raised a fist. But most stood.
Here’s the rundown from Buzzfeed.
In London at Wembley Stadium, three players knelt. The entire Jacksonville Jaguars’ team knelt before the national anthem before their game with the New York Jets on Sunday. “The United States flag and our national anthem are both strong sources of inspiration and unity. Our respect for both is sincere,” the Jaguars said in a statement before Sunday’s game.
Other Dolphins stood. On the other side the New Orleans Saints all knelt before the anthem, then all stood for the anthem.
The statement went on to say that the team will kneel before the anthem to “pray for change, progress and equality for everyone who calls the United States their home.”
“We hope others will pray along with us. We are all in this together,” the statement continued. “The Jacksonville Jaguars will then stand together, as a team, tomorrow and going forward, to honor our flag and our national anthem.”
Baltimore Ravens mimicked the Jaguars.
The teams don’t get that the fans see that as trying to placate them and that the fans view any kneeling now as anti-American thanks to this effort even if not during the anthem.
The entire Titans team stood except Rishard Matthews who remained in the locker room until the anthem was over. Four other players raised their fist at its conclusion, ESPN reported. The fist is alternately a black power sign or a socialist sign.
The Detroit Lions stood and locked arms (which is also not proper) except for Steve Longa and Jalen Reeves-Maybin of who knelt during the anthem.