Seattle Seahawk Players Account for More than Half of NFL’s Anthem Protesters in Week 15

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | December 18, 2017 | 10:13 AM EST

A dozen Seahawks protested the National Anthem in Week 15. (Screenshot)

While 12 players of the National Football League’s (NFL) Seattle Seahawks protested during the National Anthem, most teams with protesters had only one in Week 15.

Here are the players who protested the National Anthem, by team, at this week’s NFL games, per ESPN:

  • Seattle Seahawks (12): Defensive linemen Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Nazair Jones, Dion Jordan, Sheldon Richardson, Marcus Smith III, Quinton Jefferson, Jarran Reed, Frank Clark and Branden Jackson and linebacker Paul Dawson all sat during the Anthem.  Tackle Duane Brown knelt.
  • San Francisco 49ers (4): Safety Eric Reid, receiver Marquise Goodwin, linebacker Eli Harold and receiver Louis Murphy knelt during the National Anthem.
  • Oakland Raiders (1): Running back Marshawn Lynch remained seated during the National Anthem.
  • Tennessee Titans (1): Wide receiver Rishard Matthews stayed in the locker room during the playing of the Anthem.
  • Los Angeles Rams (1): Linebacker Robert Quinn raised a fist in protest during the Anthem.
  • New York Giants (1): Defensive end Olivier Vernon knelt during the Anthem.
  • Miami Dolphins (1): Wide receiver Kenny Stills and tight end Julius Thomas took a knee during the Anthem.
  • Los Angeles Chargers (1): Left tackle Russell Okung raised a fist in protest during the Anthem.
  • Kansas City Chiefs (1): Cornerback Marcus Peters stayed in the tunnel until after the Anthem had finished playing.


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