UPDATE: After the national anthem before Sunday night football on NBC, Patriots players Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty raised their fists, as other NFL players did this week.
Four Miami Dolphins players and one Kansas City Chiefs player were seen kneeling during the national anthem and raising a fist respectively on Sunday in clear solidarity with the protest San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started weeks ago.
The Dolphins players kneeling were Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills. Thomas and Stills had hands on their hearts while kneeling.
Marcus Peters of the Chiefs joined by raising a fist.
According to Pro Football Talk, Peters discussed the move with head coach Andy Reid before the game.
Here’s what Peters said after the game, as reported by Arrowhead Pride.
I’m just stating that I’m black and I love being black. I’m supporting Colin [Kaepernick] and what he’s doing as far as raising awareness with the justice system. I didn’t mean anything by it. I locked arms with my teammates. I talked with coach and coach said it was OK if I wanted to express my thoughts and so I just expressed it.
I continue to do some things on my own back at home and we try to further help this power. It’s not going to do any good if you keep rushing us talking about the same thing over and over. Who’s going to help us do this? Are you all going to help us when we’re out there helping these kids and educating them so we can eliminate this problem? Thank you.
Peters also said that he was doing this to “educate the youth that is coming up.”
Titans players Jurrell Casey, Jason McCourty and Wesley Woodyard were also seen raising fists on the sideline.
The Seattle Seahawks linked arms during the national anthem.