A substantially smaller number of 49ers knelt during the anthem, for their game against the Washington Redskins. Last week, more than 20 49ers knelt, and this week, league Commissioner Roger Goodell also issued a memo, saying it was time to “put the anthem controversy behind us.”
It appears as though most of the 49ers listened. According to Washington Post Redskins reporter Master Tesfastion:
Some fans at FedEx Field were booing at the sight of 49ers fans kneeling during the anthem.
— Master Tesfatsion (@MasterTes) October 15, 2017
The 49ers are in Washington, D.C. to take on the Redskins. NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith was also in attendance. This marks one of the first times that fans at FedEx Field, where the Redskins play, could be heard booing protesting players.
USA Today reports:
LANDOVER, Md. – After weeks of boasting one of the largest groups of protesting players during the national anthem, only six active members of the San Francisco 49ers, and one inactive player, took a knee on Sunday before facing the Washington Redskins.
With a smattering of boos raining down from the stands, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, linebacker Eli Harold, defensive lineman Arik Armstead, cornerback K’Waun Williams, safety Eric Reid and defensive back Adrian Colbert all took a knee as they continued to protest police brutality against African Americans. One inactive player took a knee with his teammates. The rest of the 49ers all stood during the anthem.
This came a week after roughly 20 49ers players took a knee during the anthem when San Francisco played at Indianapolis. Vice President Mike Pence left the stadium shortly after in what was believed to be a publicity stunt, and President Trump later tweeted that he had instructed Pence to do so.
It wasn’t immediately clear why fewer 49ers players elected to protest.
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