NFL opening weekend sees more national anthem protests but also a ray of hope

NFL opening weekend sees more national anthem protests but also a ray of hope

[Ed. – And liberals believe that hiring Colin Kaepernick will solve this problem. In the meantime, kudos to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns for their show of solidarity with law enforcement.]

Seattle’s Michael Bennett and Oakland’s Marshawn Lynch joined other NFL athletes Sunday in protesting the treatment of minorities by US law enforcement during the first weekend of the regular season.

Both Bennett and Lynch remained seated during The Star-Spangled Banner before the Seahawks and Raiders season-opening games as part of a continuing wave of protests that began last year with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Bennett sat as teammate Justin Britt stood next to him with his hand on his shoulder while another teammate, Thomas Rawls, stood on Bennett’s other side before the game against the Green Bay Packers.

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Bennett’s brother, Martellus, who plays for the Packers, stood at the end of the Green Bay bench with his right fist in the air.


In Cleveland, players linked arms with police, military and firefighters during the anthem before the Browns’ opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. No players knelt during the song.

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