Who Took a Knee This Sunday?

Who Took a Knee This Sunday?

Author: Glenn "Caz" Cazenave/Sunday, October 01, 2017/Categories: Television

Many stood, some knelt and some heard boos.

The Seattle Seahawks were on the field for the national anthem before their game on Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts, but a group of six players, led by Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, sat on the bench for the duration of the song. The rest of the Seahawks were standing, scattered on the sidelines in a far more disorganized grouping than most teams have chosen, while the Colts were on the sidelines with locked arms. Andrew Luck, the injured Colts quarterback, was shown during the NBC broadcast singing along to the song.

 

Rather than wait in the locker room, like they did during last week’s anthem, the Seahawks decided instead to create a fund with the goal of building a more compassionate and inclusive society, calling it the Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund.

 

Here is a quick look at what each team did during the playing of the national anthem on Sunday:

■ A group of about 30 San Francisco 49ers players knelt during the anthem, and the rest of the team stood behind them. They were joined on the field by the team’s general manager, John Lynch, and all of the players — kneeling and standing — had their hands on their hearts. It was the first game the 49ers have played since President Trump’s incendiary comments, which were inspired by the actions of the former 49er Colin Kaepernick, and the team made one of the more dramatic statements of either week. A smattering of boos could be heard as the 49ers took a knee. All of the Cardinals players were standing for the song.

 

■ In a statement far stronger than anything offered in the game’s earlier in the day, Marshawn Lynch entered Sports Authority Field wearing an “Everybody vs Trump” t-shirt before the Oakland Raiders’ game against the Denver Broncos. Lynch followed up his noteworthy arrival by resuming his standard practice of sitting during the anthem. His Raiders teammates, who mostly knelt or sat last week, were all standing. The Broncos, as the team had previously announced, all stood for the anthem, with Brandon Marshall, who joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling last season, raising a fist.

 

■ All of the players for the Eagles and Chargers stood during the playing of the national anthem, but the Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod raised their fists in a sign of protest. Several Philadelphia players had locked arms during the song. Commissioner Roger Goodell was in the crowd for the game, and he was also standing for the anthem.

 

■ Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon knelt during the anthem for the second straight week, but the rest of his teammates stood with arms linked. A few raised their fists during the playing of the song while on the other sideline, all of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stood.

 

■ The Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, in a coordinated effort, briefly took a knee before the national anthem, but stood during the song. As both teams knelt, loud boos could be heard by the crowd in Baltimore.

 

■ The New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers all stood during the anthem in Foxborough. The Patriots stood with their right hands over their hearts, and their left hands on their teammate’s shoulder. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton raised his fist after scoring a touchdown.

 

■ Last week all of the Tennessee Titans stayed in the locker room for the anthem, but this week just one player did: Rishard Matthews. As the song was finishing, Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard, Brian Orakpo and DaQuan Jones raised their fists. The Houston Texans stood as a team, with some players locking arms.

 

■ Six members of the Buffalo Bills knelt during the playing of the anthem before the team’s game against the Falcons in Atlanta: Kaelin Clay, Cedric Thornton, Mike Tolbert, Shareece Wright, Taiwan Jones, and Jerel Worthy. Atlanta’s players all stood, with some linking arms.

 

■ In London, the New Orleans Saints took a knee in solidarity before the anthem was played at their game against the Miami Dolphins. Three members of the Dolphins — Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Julius Thomas — were visibly kneeling at the end of the sideline, though they were not mentioned by the broadcast crew.

 

■ As planned, the Jacksonville Jaguars knelt as a team before the anthem started, drawing some boos from the crowd in MetLife Stadium, but then stood as a team for the singing of the national anthem. Some of the Jacksonville players locked arms and others hand their hands over their hearts while the Jets mostly locked arms as a team.

 

■ Two members of the Detroit Lions — Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Steve Longa — knelt during the national anthem before Detroit’s game against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis. The Vikings stood with linked arms, except for kick returner Jerick McKinnon, who stood behind the sideline for a second straight week and did not participate in the demonstration.

 

■ The Cleveland Browns, who had a large group of kneeling players last week, stood together as a team before their game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but at least nine players raised their fists during the playing of the song. The players with raised fists were Christian Kirksey, Jason McCourty, Randall Telfer, Isaiah Crowell, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Larry Ogunjobi, Kenny Britt, Dominique Alexander and Ibraheim Campbell. The Bengals all appeared to be standing.

 

■ All of the players for the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys stood throughout the anthem, with a few Rams players, including Robert Quinn, raising their fists. Last week, the Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones knelt before the anthem, but stood during the song this week.

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