By Derrick Hillman
NFL players, along with some staff, took a stand by kneeling during the National Anthem on the 24th in protest to President Trump’s remarks about previous NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
On September 24th, players all across the country took a knee in protest. In an interview with ABC News, Baltimore Raven tight end Ben Watson explained, “When we got on the field, some guys kneeled, some guys decided to kneel that didn’t before. Some guys locked arms, I locked arms.”
In another ABC News interview, Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots, had a lot say about Trump’s “divisive” words.
“Like I said, I just want to support my teammates,” he said of his actions. “I am never one to say, ‘Oh, that is wrong. That is right.’ I do believe in what I believe in. I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust.”
“I have been blessed to be in locker rooms with guys all over the United States over the course of my career,” Brady continued. “The one thing about football is it brings so many guys together — guys you would never have the opportunity to be around.”
Brady then added, “I think everyone has the right to do whatever they want to do. If you don’t agree, that is fine. You can voice your disagreement, I think that is great. It’s part of our democracy. As long as it is done in a peaceful, respectful way, that is what our country has been all about,”
A former Central Dauphin football player, Daud Sultan also had a few words to say on the matter, noting “I think it’s disrespectful to stay in the locker room but I understand kneeling because it is for equal rights. Their actions have nothing to do with the army it’s just for equal rights and they’re doing it peacefully, but not coming out during the national anthem won’t show anything, it will only show disrespect.”
“NFL players have huge impacts on communities by showing them they should stand up for what’s right and wrong, and they help these communities by giving a lot to them like JJ Watt who raised almost 40 million for Texas because of Hurricane Harvey. They’re willing to step up even if it puts them and their families at risk, also they get a lot of criticism for their actions but in the end they’re helping and pushing for true peace and if that doesn’t show true patriotism then I don’t know what is.”
The nation looks on, and it remains to be seen if the player protests impact future football games and Trump’s rallies across the country.