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Full List Of NFL Players Who Protested National Anthem Opening Weekend Spells Doom For NFL

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the pregame protest of racial oppression and inequality in the United States last season by sitting down during the national anthem before a preseason game, and then kneeling during the anthem in Week 1 and throughout the season. Kaepernick remains a free agent, but several NFL players have continued protesting the national anthem this season, including during the preseason.


Here are the players who protested in Week 1 (most recent updates first):

Seattle Seahawks: Defensive lineman Michael Bennett remained seated during the national anthem before the Seahawks’ opener against the Green Bay Packers. He was again flanked by center Justin Britt, who stood next to Bennett with a hand on Bennett’s shoulder. Running back Thomas Rawls was on the other side. Defensive end Cliff Avril again joined Bennett in sitting on the bench for the tail end of the anthem. Bennett last week accused police officers of racial profiling, saying they pointed guns at him and used excessive force during an incident in Las Vegas last month. — Brady Henderson

Green Bay Packers: Tight end Martellus Bennett stood at the far end of the Packers’ bench with his right fist in the air during the anthem before Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Meanwhile, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix didn’t protest, but he helped hold the giant flag at midfield before the game. Bennett said earlier this week that he wasn’t sure whether he would make any kind of protest during the national anthem after news of his brother Michael’s incident with police became public. When asked whether he would do anything during the anthem, he said: “I like to speak through my art, my words and things like that. I wouldn’t be surprised if I draw another political cartoon or some s—, but other than that, I don’t know right now. I’m more of a spur-of-the-moment-type guy, type of thing.” — Rob Demovsky

Los Angeles Rams: Outside linebacker Robert Quinn raised his right fist in the air during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, maintaining his custom since the start of last season. Quinn shook his head earlier this week when asked about Michael Bennett. “It just goes to show you what’s happening in America,” Quinn said. “It’s crazy, you know. You can’t keep making excuses.” — Alden Gonzalez

San Francisco 49ers: Safety Eric Reid knelt for the national anthem before the 49ers’ game against the Carolina Panthers, following through on his promise to continue the protest he was a part of all last season along with Colin Kaepernick. Ten teammates – yes, 10 — surrounded Reid with a hand on his shoulder as he knelt. — Nick Wagoner

Oakland Raiders: Running back Marshawn Lynch continued his practice of sitting during the national anthem, which he has done since the first preseason game. Lynch, however, has not explained why he is sitting and/or whether he is protesting. — Paul Gutierrez

Philadelphia Eagles: Safety Malcolm Jenkins continued his protest (which began last season) by raising a fist over his head prior to the Eagles’ opener at the Washington Redskins. Defensive end Chris Long kept his hand on Jenkins’ back for the entire playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as he did during the preseason. Safety Rodney McLeod put a hand on Jenkins’ shoulder, as well. — Tim McManus

Cleveland Browns: No players knelt during the anthem before Cleveland’s game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Browns were joined by police officers, firefighters, EMTs and the military as they ran onto the field. Before the anthem was played, several Browns players and coach Hue Jackson were featured in a video that spoke to the importance of unity and equality. — Pat McManamon


Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback Marcus Peters was seated on an equipment table behind Kansas City’s bench for most of the national anthem before Thursday night’s game against the New England Patriots. Peters wore his helmet cocked back in his head. Peters protested by raising his fist during the national anthem for the Chiefs’ season opener last year. — Adam Teicher

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41 Comments

  1. Jim Thayer

    September 12, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Take your protests OFF the field, we want watch football, NOT watch You disrespect the flag,the soldiers and others that fought,got wounded and/or died for OUR and Your Freedoms and this Great Country.Buy a soapbox,go to a park or? And protest all you want there….NOT on the field, that is NOT place or time for that!!!

  2. Harry Taft

    September 12, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I will not be watching any of these games on TV. As an USAF veteran who served to protect our nation and our flag, I’m boycotting all these unthankful patriots of our country. When our service men and women serve and protect our country for small salary, why should we support these unthankful high paid protesters who are not proud of our national anthem or flag. Fire them all for the good of the game!!!

  3. canus lupous

    September 12, 2017 at 8:25 am

    If you see a group of all blacks looting and ruining a store owners life, how are you supposed to accurately report it? We have video of crimes during the hurricane, but because certain minority will not like their exposure, we can’t show it. Along with disallowing the Confederate flag as it was recently discovered the flag means whites are not historically correct, we also can’t show this video because it proves again that whites must still be oppressing blacks. So we must let those who steal during a storm to keep what they can, it’s only fair and they don’t want it shown. It might embarrass them.

    • Rich

      September 12, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      My question is, are you (and these “Young Blacks”) seeking God, and asking Him to “Heal” our country, or, are they going to “lean on their own understanding..?” I have yet to see any “Black” organization like BLM, Panthers or anyone else sound a cry to “Prayer”. In the 60’s we had prayer vigils to seek God for healing our country, and it worked. However, the “Black Folks” coming along now would rather run their mouth about the “White man” than seek the “Man” Jesus who can actually turn things around..BTW, I’m “Black”, if you want to call it that..

    • Big Sonny

      September 12, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Dont Worry turn a blind eye to it the way ur ancestors did during slavery Canus Loop-puss!

    • Joseph

      September 12, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      Guys like Bennett will say you only film the blacks looting….where are the films of the whites looting……smh

    • Nina

      September 14, 2017 at 6:06 am

      Quick run down of your argument here (By the way, I’m not responding after this- I just wanted to read the article then saw this dumbass post): 1: How do you know the store owner that is allegedly being looted from is not also black? Have you ever suffered a serious (I mean serious, not something that everyone will eventually encounter one day) tragedy that would put you in a situation any of these people would need to be in? If the answer is no, then please, quit with the judging because you don’t know how you would react in a similar circumstance. 2: “Disallowing the Confederate flag”- sometimes I forget that there are people who aren’t joking! You’re a real American, right? You know that the Confederacy was against our country in the Civil War, right? And no crap reason you spout off will ever discount real quotes from those brave men they shove in the faces of people daily in the form of “historical statues” that literally said the whole thing was because blacks were less than whites. So, yes, whites are still oppressing blacks- financially, systematically, judicially, socially, politically, via law enforcement, you name it. What is embarrassing is the lack of action being taken to end this problem that has been proven over and over. What is sickening are people like you who let racism seep so far into their being that it lets it affect their outlook on tragedy where you still only see criminals and still cannot see human beings. You are a sad excuse for a human and you are why people hate white people – I’m not assuming you’re white but from your comment the way you speak about white people. You’re a douche.

    • Dana Powers

      September 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Just because of the actions of a few ignorant and uneducated people who clearly looted. Makes you think that ALL black people are that way, that is racist. I work very hard for what I have, and to say the least I feel it is horrible what those people are doing I find it despicable. Because they are taking from another hard working individual, they are stealing out of his/her families mouth, and clearly this is wrong in every way. I don’t agree with it and it makes me sick to my stomach, no I don’t condone what was done. I think they all should be in jail, but to say the entire black race is responsible the actions for a few is not fair and lumps us all into that mindset of yours which is not fair.

  4. EFF U

    September 12, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    THE KNEELING IS ABOUT POLICE BRUTALITY, NOT THE FLAG…NFL SHOWS THEY SUPPORT POLICE BRUTALITY NOT FEEDOM OF SPEECH…BECAUSE IF THEY REALLY SUPPORT THE FLAG, THEY TOO WOULD SUPPORT FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

  5. Paul Reising

    September 12, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    F the NFL NHL IS THE NEW NFL TOUGHER MORE GAMEA BETTER ACTION

  6. Ivan

    September 12, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Your photo showed some Miami Dolphins kneeling. Considering they haven’t played a game yet this season that would be hard to do. You used last year’s photo. Wake up.

  7. Ernst

    September 12, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I have stopped attending professional Football and basketball games. If whites would boycott as I do the bleachers would be empty and these ungrateful black players could go back on welfare.

  8. Sickof smelling your corruption

    September 12, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    man shut up, your own kind people have much of thuggish life’s before time.

  9. Alan

    September 12, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    it wont be long till they start lowering their outrageous salaries. If there are no fans in the stands they can’t pay the players millions. Seems like their rude behavior is about to come back and bite them.

    • Sydney M

      September 13, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      will never happen…we all like the game too much…

    • PJ

      September 16, 2017 at 1:30 am

      You’re not too smart if you think ticket sales pay the players’ salaries.

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  11. DAYNA

    September 12, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Black has nothing to do with any of this B.S. ALL Americans should honor our Flag no matter what color they are. It disgust me that Athletes that make millions a year are using their race to disgrace the Best Country in the World. FIRE THEM ALL and SHOW THEM THAT …. ALM “ALL LIFES MATTER’ AND …. that OCM “OUR COUNTRY MATTERS” more than their displaced EGOS!

    • Bob

      September 13, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Best country? LMAO! Screw your silly flag. 99% of Americans are braindead and gullible.

      • Pat

        October 13, 2017 at 1:38 am

        Just come forward with your entire name “Bob”!

    • Tyrone Simon

      September 13, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Exactly what year did black life begin to matter as much as white life in this kkkountry? Was it after the Government killed MLK? He had a dream that all lives mattered. White people killed that dream. Again, what is the exact year that black life began to matter as much as white life? Try not to avoid the question please. Just because you live in fairytale doesn’t mean everyone else does.

    • Joann

      September 13, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Pink -skins were flying THAT same flag when they were marching across the stolen lands, they now call the usa, all the while murdering, raping, and looting, as they went.

      THEY were flying THAT same flag as they were holding, raping, working to death, selling families away from each other, beating, branding,and lynching. Black African people.

      NOW, THEY are mad because these same victims of abuses do not want to celebrate the flag. Such hypocrisy.

    • Humphrey

      September 14, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Not only is it insulting to anyone who appreciates this country, their premise is false. Blacks are NOT oppressed in this country and there is NO such thing as white privilege. Please, if you don’t like the country then leave it. We sure as hell have more people wanting to get in than want to get out.

    • mark

      September 16, 2017 at 3:26 am

      Worship God, not the g.d. flag. Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.

  12. Ron

    September 13, 2017 at 2:53 am

    As long as the owners and the League go along with this type of actions by their entertainers, then the only resolve that we have as fans is take actions to show how we feel about this situation. For me, it’s boycott the NFL completely. No more tickets, clothing, etc. I’m a veteran, the anthem and the flag are as important to me, as their actions are to them. Just think how much has changed because of the division driven into our country in the last 8 years.

    • Corn

      September 13, 2017 at 3:38 am

      Its funny how some people see this great division because of Obama, but if the truth was really told, people would realize this country was never together to divide in the first place. For the sake of argument, lets say your point is true. What is present one doing bring this country back together? Im not standing for the anthem or watching the nfl My father fought in two wars for this country, and when he got back; he was denied the G.I bill, no heroes welcome, just dont forget your place n….. He subsequently died from injuries he received in the second war. Your perception of what this country is, and my reality are not close to being on the same page. I think Jane Elliot said it best “stand if you want to be treated like a black person in this country.” Oh, before you say your favorite line about people who dont stand for the anthem, how about everybody leave and give the Indians their country back.

    • sheldon l williams

      September 15, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Ron then you fought for the right for these gentlemen TO protest! First Amendment!

      Somewhere I read about the greatness of America is the Right to protest for Rights!….Martin Luther King, Jr

    • NickyDavis

      September 16, 2017 at 5:54 am

      You’re right ,Ron. No more NFL, for me. I’ll spend no time, Energy or money on Anyone who Disrespects My Flag and National Anthem.
      They may not be aware that they’re supporting Mainly Criminals, who were Killed by the Cops

  13. Corn

    September 13, 2017 at 3:05 am

    The problem is what the media allows you to see, blacks folks were not the only ones looting, but that’s all you saw on tv. The only flag that should waving in the wind, is stars and stripes. The confederate flag represents subjugation. Those statues, as well as that flag represents that. There are statues of men who fought to keep slavery alive, by denying a whole race of people their freedom for their financial gain. But the people those statues represent were no better than hilter; do you see a statue of him in Germany? No! But that is part of their history. That word, racist is being thrown around instead of saying that person is prejudice. There is a difference. The media, just like history only tells one side of the story.

  14. Dawn

    September 13, 2017 at 3:27 am

    These extremely stupid millionaire game players don’t even realize that the National Anthem has absolutely nothing to do with their supposed police injustices. The Anthem is for the COUNTRY. For the men and women who have DIED for this country. Those men and women who died while fighting to protect these millionaire cowards so they can play a game and have fame. Useless pieces of shit.

  15. rich

    September 13, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    bunch of douche bags

  16. Carol Johnson-White

    September 13, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    I boycotted the NFL last year, and will again this year. I have lost family fighting for that flag, and all of my family are veterans. My son is in the army right now defending these idiots that are so oppressed. He makes minimium wage while they make millions to play a game. Please tell me, who is oppressed.

  17. CHIEF NAGRO

    September 13, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    These comments are the reason why these guys are sitting…. Everyone that has commented proves that our nation is very hypocritical and racist. We have a long way to go.

  18. Ed of Ct..

    September 13, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Support the Dallas Cowboys. Owner Jones told players those who cannot stand at attention for National Anthem Will be CUT from the club. BOYCOTT those other NFL teams.

  19. Sydney M

    September 13, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Keeping a list…that’s some plantation overseer stuff, AKA Hugely racist, if you don’t get it. They have the RIGHT to NOT STAND, backed by the Supreme Court ruling. You, I and no one else gets to police these strangers that don’t want to partake in an activity we may want to. Empoyers can NOT make their employees acknowledge the anthem…that too was decided by SCOTUS…but somehow, you guys want to not have employers impinging on your rights…but you think everyone should impinge on theirs??? Nope, not gonna happen. What they need is a great lawsuit to settle this once and for all. Rights are for EVERY citizen….not just for a few

  20. L alford

    September 14, 2017 at 1:10 am

    I have always been a fan of FBall. I have not and will not give one rating point or dollar to football until these ignorant players get it together! I hope football has to disband. Am a veteran And am offended!!,

  21. dianne oliger

    September 14, 2017 at 5:59 am

    If they hate their country so much, then it should no longer be their country. Go to another country and try to make millions playing a game!

  22. Ed

    September 14, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    I am a veteran also, Vietnam 1969. And they have a right to protest. The same as you have a right to boycott.

    Now, after everyone who is outraged at the National Anthem protests , has caused the demise of the NFL, lets see some of this same outrage directed at the ” reason ” that they are kneeling.

    And just so that you know, there are just as many people boycotting the NFL games because of the tratment of Kaepernick.

  23. Olatunji Mwamba

    September 14, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Why should Black people, be they NFL players or not, ‘Stand and Honor The National Anthem’, when the author of the National Anthem, Francis Scott Key was a Slave Owner and who wrote in the 3rd verse of his ‘National Anthem’
    the most despicable desire for the death of escaped slaves who fought with the British during the War of 1812? Francis Scott Key also fought to maintain our enslavement in the Courts, as well. So tell me why Black people should ‘honor the National Anthem again? Were that song describing you and your people in the manner he was describing Black people would you honor it? Of course, you wouldn’t. As to Veterans, this issue has absolutely nothing to do with them. What you failed to grasp is the fact that the Military are nothing more than pawns being used by the Multi-National Corporations to invade foreign countries and take the natural resources that belong to those countries. The soldiers are nothing more than Corporate soldiers and are not fighting for anyone’s freedom. They are fighting for the freedom of the Multi-National Corporations to steal the natural resources of other foreign countries which do not belong to them. These evil Bastards influence Congress every day to do their bidding. In addition, the United States Supreme Court stated that no one could be forced to ‘Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States’. And given the Racism that Black people have received since our having been forced to come here and enslaved by Caucasians in 1619, why should we Pledge Allegiance to it? Racism white-Supremacy is still very much alive and well. Despite many Caucasians’ denial of it. The United States government nor any of the several states has ever shown an allegiance to Black people. And until it does no allegiance should be given it at all. But we know this Country never will do so–ever. And no, I don’t need to go anywhere. I’ll go when you go back to the Caves and Mountains of Northwestern Asia, from whence your Ancestors originated from. I have as much right to speak as anyone else. I was born here in the United States of America and I’ll continue to advocate the facts of History and current events, despite anyone’s issue with me doing so. You seem to be completely ignoring the cases of Tamir Rice, Philando Castille, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, and other unarmed Blacks, as well as the young white boy who was tased and beaten into a coma, later dying. I guess they all deserved to be killed while being unarmed too huh? So, tell me when do the Police Officers ever get punished and imprisoned for killing people unjustly? Or what about the young man who was not a threat to the Police Officer, and who had not made any attempt to walk toward the Police Officer, despite the Officer having lied, when the video clearly proved otherwise. And who was unjustly killed by that Police Officer in Chicago ‘execution style’. The Officer emptied his gun on this young man and was actually reloading his gun, only to be stopped by a fellow Officer. And where the Chicago Police and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel tried to hide the video and refused to make the video public for over a year, only doing so after a local news filed for access to it under the ‘Freedom of Information Act’. I guess that’s justified too?

  24. Mark Gunn

    September 15, 2017 at 1:09 am

    And notice once again that none of you leaving comments has the guts to address the “why” of the protests. White fragility cracks me up.

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