Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid once again kneeled during the national anthem before the San Francisco 49ers’ season opener against the Los Angeles Rams. No other Niners players joined in the protest last night, although Rams defensive lineman Robert Quinn and receiver Kenny Britt held fists up during the anthem.
Kaepernick has refused to stand for the anthem all season in protest of police brutality and racial oppression in the United States. Reid joined him during the final exhibition game when the two decided to kneel, instead of sit, in a move meant to show more respect to veterans. Several other players around the league took part in similar protests on opening weekend.
Marshall loses another deal
Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall says he’ll kneel again during the national anthem even though he lost a second endorsement deal for joining Kaepernick’s protest of social injustice.
CenturyLink terminated its six-week-old deal with Marshall, who lost his endorsement with Air Academy Federal Credit Union on Friday.
Fists of honor
Three Tennessee Titans say they raised their right fists in the air after the national anthem ended to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 and to bring attention to the ongoing unequal treatment of African-Americans and other minorities.
Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jur rell Casey, cornerback Jason McCourty and linebacker Wesley Woodyard all had hands over their hearts during the anthem before Sunday’s season opener against Minnesota. Seconds after the anthem ended, they raised their arms to the air in solidarity with protests around the league.
Kate no fan of Fish
Model Kate Upton condemned the Miami Dolphins’ Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills, who knelt during the national anthem, writing on Instagram that their actions are “a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country.”— AP