Players From These Six NFL Teams Protested the National Anthem in Week Eight

By Craig Bannister | October 30, 2017 | 10:10am EDT
NFL players knelt, sat and raised fists during the Anthem. (Screenshot)

National Football League (NFL) players continued to protest during the National Anthem in Week 8 of the season

A majority of players for the Houston Texans protested during the Anthem – but, their protest was mostly in reaction to reports team owner Bob McNair implied that the players shouldn’t be bossing around the owners. McNair, reportedly, had said: “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”

Players from these six teams protested as the National Anthem played at games on Week 8, according to ESPN:

  • Houston Texans: Most players knelt and linked arms during the national anthem and about10 players stood.
  • Seattle Seahawks: Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson, Cliff Avril, Jarran Reed, Frank Clark, Quinton Jefferson, Marcus Smith, Branden Jackson and Nazair Jones sat while the Anthem played. Dion Jordan, Michael Wilhoite knelt.
  • Philadelphia Eagles: Safety Malcolm Jenkins and Safety Rodney McLeod raised a fist. Defensive end Chris Long placed an arm around Jenkins.
  • San Francisco 49ers: Seven players knelt during the national anthem, including linebacker Eric Reid, receiver Marquise Goodwin, linebacker Eli Harold, safety Adrian Colbert and cornerback K'Waun Williams. Linebacker Reuben Foster, who knelt last week, stood behind the kneeling players this week with a hand on Harold’s shoulder.
  • Los Angeles Chargers: Left tackle Russell Okung raised a fist in protest.
  • Miami Dolphins: Receiver Kenny Stills, tight end Julius Thomas and safety Michael Thomas did not emerge from the tunnel until after the National Anthem. Miami now has a team rule that players must stand if they are on the sideline, but they have the option to remain in the tunnel, ESPN reports.

Most of the New Orleans Saints players knelt in unity before the Anthem, then stood while it was played – but, according to ESPN, their protests were still met with loud boos from the fans attending the game.

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