13 hrs ago
In their own words: NFL players explain why they protested
Their reasons for kneeling, standing, linking arms or even staying off the field are moving, thought-provoking and worth your time to read.
Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
"I find that very alarming. This is the same guy who wouldn't condemn violent Neo-Nazi's but he's condemning guys that are taking a knee during the national anthem"
Michael Thomas, Miami Dolphins
It just amazes me with everything else going on this world, especially involving the U.S. that's what you concerned about, my man..as a man, as a father, as an African-American man, as someone in the NFL, yeah I take it personally, but like I said..it's bigger than me."
Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks
"I think that it's more powerful if each individual owner comes out and has something to say about this, but we are all together, we are all Americans, and it's time for the racism and bigotry, for those things to go away. Those things have no place in society, no place in America, no place in any country, and that's my two cents."
Chris McCain, Los Angeles Chargers
“This is the guy we’re supposed to lean on, who’s here to protect us, clearly stating he’s not on our side”
Jabaal Sheard, Indianapolis Coltshttps://twitter.com/jabaalsheard/status ... otested%2F
... My actions were in solidarity with our brothers and sisters facing unjust treatment. My actions were to spread awareness about those less fortunate without a voice.
Devin McCourty, New England Patriots
"We hate that people are going to see it that we don't respect the military, the men and women that are braver than us that go and put their life on the line…but we just wanted to send a message of unity and being together, and not standing for the disrespect…all of us want to send a message of unity, not just as a team but a fraternity of NFL players
Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers
I want to get one thing clear. This was not about disrespecting the military, disrespecting the flag, police, first responders, none of that.
"It was about me making a decision as a man on my own two feet. (And I) don't want to ask someone else to do anything for me. I just thought it was appropriate to stay in because we know what went on this week with the comments that were made by the President. I felt like he attacked our brothers, my brothers in the league."
Damon Harrison, New York Giants https://twitter.com/BigDame900/status/9 ... otested%2F
Took a knee with my hand over my heart to respect the men & women of service, past & present. Also with the realities of America in mind.
As a team we have decided that we will not participate in the National anthem. We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms. We remain committed in continue to work towards equality and justice for all.