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Here’s A List Of The Athletes Who Are Not Here For The National Anthem

Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the National Anthem on August 26 has spawned other athletes to follow suit and the controversy doesn't look like it is ending anytime soon. Kaepernick's kneeling during the National Anthem represents his frustration with the inequality and opression that African Americans and minorities face every day. He has explained:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Since Kaepernick's first display of his frustrations, many other athletes have chosen to take a stance as well.

 

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

Eric Reid, San Francisco 49ers

From left: Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, & Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins

Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos

Jeremy Lane, Seattle Seahawks

Macus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs

Devin McCourty & Martellus Bennet, New England Patriots

The Seattle Seahawk Players & Coach Pete Carroll

Kenny Britt & Robert Quinn, Los Angeles Rams

Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard, & Jason McCourty, Tennessee Titans

Megan Rapinoe, Seattle Reign & US Women's National Team

 

And it's not just pro athletes who are taking a stance, amateur and semi-amateur athletes are also making their opinions known.

 

The Football Team at Woodrow Wilson High School (excluding two players) & Coach Preston Brown, Camden, New Jersey

The Football Team at Mission High School, San Francisco, California

Beaumont Bulls Youth Football Team, Texas

Mike Oppong, Doherty Memorial High School, Worcester, Massachusetts (who got suspended for one game due to his kneeling)

Several Players on Watkins Mill High School's Footbal Team, Montgomery County, Maryland

photo of kneeling players taken during a practice not during the National Anthem

photo of kneeling players taken during a practice not during the National Anthem

Several Players from Maury High School, Norfolk, Virginia

Tre Chappell, Waggener High School, Louisville, Kentucky

Sterling Smith & Michael Baklykov, Lincoln Southeast High School, Nebraska

 

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