Colin Kaepernick has started something in the NFL and it is spreading:
The latest situation to take place when the Kansas City Chiefs decided not to stand with their hands over their hearts for the National Anthem, instead deciding to lock arms together as a sign of solidarity for Americans on both sides of the national anthem debate.
— John Sleezer (@jsleezer) September 11, 2016
The players released a statement explaining their solidarity:
“After having a number of thoughtful discussions as a group regarding our representation during the National Anthem, we decided to be unified as a team and to be respectful of everyone’s opinions, and the remembrance of 9/11.
It’s our job as professional athletes to make a positive impact on our communities and to be proactive when change is needed. Together we are going to continue to have conversations, educate ourselves and others on social issues and work with law enforcement officials and leaders to make an impact on the Kansas City community.”
That is fine, but one of the team members, the Chiefs’ cornerback Marcus Peters decided to bring Black Power into the debate.
Marcus Peters of the Chiefs, raising his fist during anthem. Dissent – especially in this NFL climate, – is brave. pic.twitter.com/VaGNS5pD45
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) September 11, 2016
Some were supportive of his stance:
Time to rally around @marcuspeters ✊
Others weren’t as enthusiastic about it:
— Money Monkey (@Supply_Side_Guy) September 11, 2016
Especially on 9/11 of all times:
— Rick Osborne (@RickOsborne2) September 11, 2016
These demonstrations are continue and spreading all over the country.