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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the pregame protest of racial oppression and inequality in the United States last season by sitting down during the national anthem before a preseason game, and then kneeling during the anthem in Week 1 and throughout the season. Kaepernick remains a free agent, but several NFL players have continued protesting the national anthem this season, including during the preseason.

Here are the players who protested in Week 1 (most recent updates first):

Seattle Seahawks: Defensive lineman Michael Bennett remained seated during the national anthem before the Seahawks’ opener against the Green Bay Packers. He was again flanked by center Justin Britt, who stood next to Bennett with a hand on Bennett’s shoulder. Running back Thomas Rawls was on the other side. Defensive end Cliff Avril again joined Bennett in sitting on the bench for the tail end of the anthem. Bennett last week accused police officers of racial profiling, saying they pointed guns at him and used excessive force during an incident in Las Vegas last month. — Brady Henderson

Green Bay Packers: Tight end Martellus Bennett stood at the far end of the Packers’ bench with his right fist in the air during the anthem before Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Meanwhile, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix didn’t protest, but he helped hold the giant flag at midfield before the game. Bennett said earlier this week that he wasn’t sure whether he would make any kind of protest during the national anthem after news of his brother Michael’s incident with police became public. When asked whether he would do anything during the anthem, he said: “I like to speak through my art, my words and things like that. I wouldn’t be surprised if I draw another political cartoon or some s—, but other than that, I don’t know right now. I’m more of a spur-of-the-moment-type guy, type of thing.” — Rob Demovsky

Los Angeles Rams: Outside linebacker Robert Quinn raised his right fist in the air during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, maintaining his custom since the start of last season. Quinn shook his head earlier this week when asked about Michael Bennett. “It just goes to show you what’s happening in America,” Quinn said. “It’s crazy, you know. You can’t keep making excuses.” — Alden Gonzalez

San Francisco 49ers: Safety Eric Reid knelt for the national anthem before the 49ers’ game against the Carolina Panthers, following through on his promise to continue the protest he was a part of all last season along with Colin Kaepernick. Ten teammates – yes, 10 — surrounded Reid with a hand on his shoulder as he knelt. — Nick Wagoner

Oakland Raiders: Running back Marshawn Lynch continued his practice of sitting during the national anthem, which he has done since the first preseason game. Lynch, however, has not explained why he is sitting and/or whether he is protesting. — Paul Gutierrez

Philadelphia Eagles: Safety Malcolm Jenkins continued his protest (which began last season) by raising a fist over his head prior to the Eagles’ opener at the Washington Redskins. Defensive end Chris Long kept his hand on Jenkins’ back for the entire playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” as he did during the preseason. Safety Rodney McLeod put a hand on Jenkins’ shoulder, as well. — Tim McManus

Cleveland Browns: No players knelt during the anthem before Cleveland’s game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Browns were joined by police officers, firefighters, EMTs and the military as they ran onto the field. Before the anthem was played, several Browns players and coach Hue Jackson were featured in a video that spoke to the importance of unity and equality. — Pat McManamon

Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback Marcus Peters was seated on an equipment table behind Kansas City’s bench for most of the national anthem before Thursday night’s game against the New England Patriots. Peters wore his helmet cocked back in his head. Peters protested by raising his fist during the national anthem for the Chiefs’ season opener last year. — Adam Teicher

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  • If they hate their country so much, then it should no longer be their country. Go to another country and try to make millions playing a game!

  • Ed says:

    I am a veteran also, Vietnam 1969. And they have a right to protest. The same as you have a right to boycott.

    Now, after everyone who is outraged at the National Anthem protests , has caused the demise of the NFL, lets see some of this same outrage directed at the ” reason ” that they are kneeling.

    And just so that you know, there are just as many people boycotting the NFL games because of the tratment of Kaepernick.

  • Why should Black people, be they NFL players or not, ‘Stand and Honor The National Anthem’, when the author of the National Anthem, Francis Scott Key was a Slave Owner and who wrote in the 3rd verse of his ‘National Anthem’
    the most despicable desire for the death of escaped slaves who fought with the British during the War of 1812? Francis Scott Key also fought to maintain our enslavement in the Courts, as well. So tell me why Black people should ‘honor the National Anthem again? Were that song describing you and your people in the manner he was describing Black people would you honor it? Of course, you wouldn’t. As to Veterans, this issue has absolutely nothing to do with them. What you failed to grasp is the fact that the Military are nothing more than pawns being used by the Multi-National Corporations to invade foreign countries and take the natural resources that belong to those countries. The soldiers are nothing more than Corporate soldiers and are not fighting for anyone’s freedom. They are fighting for the freedom of the Multi-National Corporations to steal the natural resources of other foreign countries which do not belong to them. These evil Bastards influence Congress every day to do their bidding. In addition, the United States Supreme Court stated that no one could be forced to ‘Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States’. And given the Racism that Black people have received since our having been forced to come here and enslaved by Caucasians in 1619, why should we Pledge Allegiance to it? Racism white-Supremacy is still very much alive and well. Despite many Caucasians’ denial of it. The United States government nor any of the several states has ever shown an allegiance to Black people. And until it does no allegiance should be given it at all. But we know this Country never will do so–ever. And no, I don’t need to go anywhere. I’ll go when you go back to the Caves and Mountains of Northwestern Asia, from whence your Ancestors originated from. I have as much right to speak as anyone else. I was born here in the United States of America and I’ll continue to advocate the facts of History and current events, despite anyone’s issue with me doing so. You seem to be completely ignoring the cases of Tamir Rice, Philando Castille, Walter Scott, Sandra Bland, and other unarmed Blacks, as well as the young white boy who was tased and beaten into a coma, later dying. I guess they all deserved to be killed while being unarmed too huh? So, tell me when do the Police Officers ever get punished and imprisoned for killing people unjustly? Or what about the young man who was not a threat to the Police Officer, and who had not made any attempt to walk toward the Police Officer, despite the Officer having lied, when the video clearly proved otherwise. And who was unjustly killed by that Police Officer in Chicago ‘execution style’. The Officer emptied his gun on this young man and was actually reloading his gun, only to be stopped by a fellow Officer. And where the Chicago Police and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel tried to hide the video and refused to make the video public for over a year, only doing so after a local news filed for access to it under the ‘Freedom of Information Act’. I guess that’s justified too?

  • Mark Gunn says:

    And notice once again that none of you leaving comments has the guts to address the “why” of the protests. White fragility cracks me up.

  • […] since grown into a full blown movement. Silence is Consent, with the help of Sports Illustrated, Conservative Fighters, and other sources, has compiled a full list of those who have participated in a national anthem […]

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    Alec Baldwin took to social media Friday and hit back against the recent findings in an FBI report about the fatal shooting on the set of his movie “Rust” that left cinematographer Halyna Hutchins dead.

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    Biden’s DOJ Refuses to Prosecute Man Who Twice Threatened to KILL Fox News Hosts

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    Berkeley Co-Op Bans White People from Common Areas to ‘Avoid White Violence and Presence’

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    An off-campus housing co-op for University of California, Berkeley students bans white people from entering common spaces to “avoid white violence” — sparking criticism that the policy inflames racial tensions.

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    The Florida Department of Education is ordering schools to alert parents if their children are forced to use bathrooms with students of the opposite sex following allegations that a biologically male transgender student sexually assaulted a girl in a Florida public school bathroom.

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    Brevard Public Schools spokesperson Russell Bruhn initially denied Fine’s reports, saying, “There was no attack. No victim, no witness, no parents coming forward, nothing. Rep. Fine owes our staff at Johnson Middle School an apology for making this baseless allegation.”

    But on Thursday, Fine obtained and publicized redacted police case reports indicating that a girl had told someone with an office at the school that she was sexually assaulted by a transgender student on June 20.

    The biologically male student denied touching the girl’s breasts, according to the case report, but admitted to being in the bathroom with her.

    That unnamed person named in the police report then reported the incident to police on June 21, according to the documents, which made clear that officials at the school (specifically Vice Principal Peter Andy Papczynski) were aware of the alleged incident as early as June.

    Bruhn told The Daily Wire on Thursday afternoon that “the incident at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School was reported by the school to the Sheriff’s Office, Florida DCF and our Title IX partner.”

    “All three investigated the claims and all three closed their cases with no action,” he said. “What was described in the Sheriff’s Office report is an incident that lead to no charges being filed. My quotes were in reference to a false allegation that a student had been raped at a different school.”

    Bruhn also said that the district was aware of the incident at the time he made the remarks denying an incident at Johnson Middle School, but said they could not discuss the case without “violating FERPA, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.”

    “And again, the actual case and the fabricated cases are different,” he added.

    According to the partially redacted Brevard County Sheriff’s office case report, on June 20, 2022 around noon, the biologically male transgender student allegedly went into the women’s restroom at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High school and “fondled” the female student’s breasts “against her will and without her permission.”

    Fine said in a letter to the Florida Department of Education that the biological male was taking advantage of “the open bathrooms policy championed by School Board Chairwoman Misty Belford and fellow School Board Member Jennifer Jenkins.”

    “She has told him previously to stop touching her and she wanted to press charges because she felt violated,” the case report said, noting that the female student “advised she does not feel comfortable using the same bathroom with the transgender male.”

    Brevard County Sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Daily Wire.

    According to Fine, the parents who have inquired into the matter have been “stonewalled at every turn.”

    Fine insisted in his Facebook post that “this isn’t someone else’s problem.”

    “It is our own,” he said. “It is why I personally feel each parent’s fear and anger when they come to me. I am a politician last. I am a parent first. They can attack me all they want, but I will never stop fighting for my children – and yours. Never.”

    Florida’s new rule, which will be announced Thursday evening, places new policies for parental notification regarding the designation of bathrooms and locker rooms. Under that rule, any policies adopted by a school district for bathrooms and locker rooms must firstly ensure the health, safety, and welfare of Florida’s students, be consistent with the state’s Parental Bill of Rights, and protect the privacy of education records and the privacy of students and parents.

    The state’s Board of Education rules supersede any district policies, a spokesman said.

    “If a school district has a policy that allows for separation of bathrooms or locker rooms according to some criteria other than biological sex at birth, the policy must be posted on the district’s website to fully inform parents,” the rule states.

    It also requires that the policy must include a “method of student supervision provided for locker rooms, for example a coach or aide,” such as “which locker rooms are not separated by biological sex at birth,” and “which bathrooms are not separated by biological sex at birth.”

    “District policies must include accommodations or modifications in order to ensure that all students have a comparable opportunity to use a bathroom or locker room separated by biological sex at birth,” the rule adds.

    “For me, education policy is not political,” Fine said in a Facebook post that included screenshots of the case report. “It is personal. I live it every day with two boys who live inside that education system. I am a government school graduate; both my parents taught at government schools. The arc of my life could never have happened without the education I received from extraordinary teachers.”

    “But I stay up at night worried that our children today aren’t getting the education I did,” he continued. “My family was forced to engage in mandatory mask COVID theater by school board members who refused to wear them at the grocery store, the gym, and at their private parties. My family has to worry about critical race theory, transgender ideology, and pronoun idiocy working its way into education.”

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