While a growing number of players are joining in on protesting the National Anthem — either by kneeling or raising their fists in defiance — some players don’t even have the courage to step out onto the field while it’s playing. Honestly, we’re not sure which is worse.
Cowering in the locker room while the song of our great nation plays is yet another sign of what’s to come this season. The NFL is undoubtedly in trouble — patriotic (conservative) fans are already voicing their opinions on social media and make no mistake — their voices are being heard.
DENVER (AP) – Linebacker Brandon Marshall and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas weren’t with their teammates on the sideline for the national anthem prior to the Denver Broncos’ game against the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night.
Marshall and Thomas emerged from the tunnel behind the Broncos’ bench after the anthem was over.
In Arizona, Los Angeles Chargers starting left tackle Russell Okung raised his fist during the anthem prior to the team’s game against the Cardinals.
The league and the NFL players’ union have yet to announce a policy for this season regarding demonstrations during the anthem after the league initially ordered everyone to stand on the sideline when the anthem is played, or remain in the locker room.
— Denver7 News (@DenverChannel) August 12, 2018
Marshall has knelt in the past during the national anthem, following the lead of his college teammate, Colin Kaepernick, who started the protests in 2016 to bring attention to social injustices. They played together at Nevada.
Thomas hasn’t been involved in the demonstrations but he wore the Malcom Jenkins “You ain’t listening” T-shirt at a pre-camp barbecue last month.
Okung stood with his fist raised behind the rest of the Chargers players, who lined up on the sideline for the anthem.
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