Why is NFL players protesting on the national anthem?
NFL players are taking to social media this week to voice their opposition to President Donald Trump’s policies, as well as his policies in general, in a rare show of protest on the field.
“The protests on the sideline today are not about me, they’re about the people who are working for us,” New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis said on Thursday.
“And you know, I’ve always been very, very loyal to the American people.
I’ve never been one to kneel, so I’m not going to kneecap.”
The players, including New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, are among many athletes who have called for peaceful protests during the anthem, in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the national game in November.
In addition to protesting on game days, NFL players have also been taking to Twitter to call for unity in the wake of a racially charged shooting of a black man in Minneapolis earlier this month.
“We can’t let hate divide us,” Sherman said on Twitter.
“We have to rise to the occasion.”
New York Jets linebacker Muhammad Wilkerson, who joined the protest last week, called the situation “a reminder that the white supremacist police state continues to exist in the United States of America.”
In the meantime, players are continuing to make their voices heard during their games.
“I know I have my voice.
I know what it takes to be a part of the American dream, to have the opportunity to be able to pursue it,” linebacker Antonio Cromartie said.
“I’m standing here with all the other guys, and I feel like I’m part of something bigger than myself.”NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and team president Rodger Goodell have said they plan to address the issue at an upcoming league meeting in Phoenix.
They are expected to discuss how to better ensure players have access to legal representation if they are charged with a crime.