15 times athletes joined Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest
September 12, 2016 at 12:49 am
The list continues to grow as athletes join San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick in his protest of the national anthem. Since he made the announcement last month and kneeled during a preseason game, teammate Eric Reid and Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane also opted out of the anthem.
Clearly, Kaepernick’s strong beliefs against police brutality and America’s harsh treatment of African-American worked. Just last week, his team announced a million dollar partnership to improve race relations in the Bay Area.
Veterans, more NFL players, in addition to collegiate and high school athletes are now expressing strong support of Kaepernick. They’ve decided to take a stand by taking a knee or showing a salute to black power as the anthem plays at games. Here are 15 recent moments of solidarity with Kaepernick.
1. Doherty Memorial High School player, Mike Oppong.
He has to sit out one game because of the protest.
My coaches and principals have decided to suspend me for 1 game.
— BLACK LIVES MATTER (@Oppong_5) September 11, 2016
2. Black players on West Virginia Tech University’s womens volleyball team.
3 . Woodrow Wilson High School football players and coaches in New Jersey.
Video of Woodrow Wilson players and coaches taking a knee for national anthem before Saturday’s game vs. Highland pic.twitter.com/JBhtaslq0i
— Philip Anastasia (@PhilAnastasia) September 10, 2016
4. Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall.
*Note: Marshall has since lost a sponsorship deal with Air Academy Federal Credit Union
5. Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters.
As his team locked arms in solidarity of 9/11, Peters raised his fist.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) September 11, 2016
6. New England Patriots’ Devin McCourt and Martellus Bennett.
Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty kept their fists in the air after the anthem. pic.twitter.com/VoPWkipGbl
— Rich Hill (@PP_Rich_Hill) September 12, 2016
7. Miami Dolphins’ Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills.
The team released a statement acknowledging the individual rights of players to observe the anthem in their own way.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 11, 2016
8. Maury High football players in Virginia.
The coach took no issue.
Several Maury players took a knee during the national anthem. Coach Fraser spoke about giving his players freedom pic.twitter.com/H1ovC4Muhh
— Brian SaundersII (@SportsWriter_BS) September 10, 2016
9. Lincoln Southeast high school football players.
10. This young man at Waggener High in Louisville.
— Holden Kurwicki (@WHAS11Holden) September 9, 2016
11. A group of players from Auburn High in Rockford, Ill.
12. University of Tulsa cornerback Keanu Hill.
— Scott Pfeil (@scottpfeil) September 11, 2016
13. Players in Minnesota.
Young brothers in Minneapolis took a knee for injustice last night during the National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/CMMsxMSVEB
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 10, 2016
14. Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard and Jason McCourty from the Tennessee Titans.
Tennessee Titans. The movement grows… pic.twitter.com/aeyKH6zQi1
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) September 11, 2016