Three players took a knee during the national anthem before the Giants game at the 49ers, as the rest of the league stood during Veterans Day weekend
Three players took a knee during the national anthem before the New York Giants game at the San Francisco 49ers, as the rest of the league stood during Veterans Day weekend.
49ers Eric Reid and Marquise Goodwin, both of whom have been protesting for most of the season, knelt, as did Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon, who was just activated. Vernon had been protesting while he was injured.
David Lombardi of The Athletic later tweeted a photo of Reid embracing an Air Force member. Reid has said his protest is not against the military.
This is not about the military, this is not about the flag, this is not about the anthem. My mother served in the armed forces. Three of my uncles served in the armed forces, said Reid in October. I have the utmost respect for the military, for the anthem, for the flag … This is about systemic oppression that has been rampant in this country for decades on top of decades.
The NFL Players Association had asked all players to observe a two-minute moment of silence before games to honor veterans. Other players who have been protesting most of the season stood for the anthem this week, including the Seahawks Michael Bennett, who stood before Thursday nights game. Bennetts father is a Navy veteran. Titans receiver Rishard Matthews walked onto the field holding hands with soldiers and stood with team-mates for the anthem for the first time since President Donald Trump criticized players for protesting.
The vast majority of NFL players are now standing for the anthem.
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the protest movement last season. He remains unsigned and has filed a complaint that team owners colluded against him because of the protests aimed at police brutality against Africa Americans and other issues.
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