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Monday, October 23, 2017

Players From These 11 NFL Teams Protested the National Anthem in Week 7

By Rick Pearcey • October 23, 2017, 04:55 PM

"National Football League (NFL) players continued to protest during the playing of the National Anthem before games in the 2017 season's seventh week," Greg Bannister writes at CNSNews.com. "Players from these 11 NFL teams refused to stand respectfully for the National Anthem, ESPN reports":

  • New York Giants: Defensive end Olivier Vernon knelt during the national anthem.
  • Seattle Seahawks: Michael Bennett and "several other members of the Seahawks defensive line sat on the bench."
  • Los Angeles Chargers: Tackle Russell Okung raised fist during the playing of the Anthem.
  • San Francisco 49ers: Seven players knelt and the rest stood with arms locked.
  • Tennessee Titans: Wide receiver Rishard Matthews remained in the locker room, while linebacker Wesley Woodyard and defensive lineman Jurrell Casey raised a right fist after the anthem.
  • Miami Dolphins: Three players stayed in the tunnel as the Anthem played: receiver Kenny Stills, tight end Julius Thomas and safety Michael Thomas.
  • Los Angeles Rams: Linebacker Robert Quinn raised a fist, while punter Johnny Hekker hugged him.
  • New Orleans Saints: Several players locked arms while standing for the Anthem.
  • Indianapolis Colts: Players stood, but with locked arms during the Anthem.
  • Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback Marcus Peters and linebacker Ukeme Eligwe sat as the Anthem played.
  • Oakland Raiders: Running back Marshawn Lynch protested by sitting during the playing of the National Anthem. Lynch sat during the Anthem the previous week, as well -- and sat out most of the game after he protested a call by shoving an official. He will be unable to protest the Anthem at an upcoming game, after receiving a one-week suspension for his infraction.

Meanwhile, Breitbart reports that "NFL Teams Play Before Empty Stadiums As Fan Backlash Spreads."

Meanwhile, Part II, "Amid NFL Excuses, TV Viewership Improves 95% for Astros-Yankees over Last Season's" American League Championship Series. [emphasis added]

"The news is fairly straight-forward," John Pudner notes at Breitbart: "A record viewership for a league that stands for the anthem and plunging attendance and viewership for a league that allows protests of the national anthem despite banning every other attempt at making statements, including attempted demonstrations against domestic abuse and helmet decals honoring fallen law enforcement officers."