Three players took a knee during the national anthem before the Giants game at the 49 ers, as the rest of the league stood during Veterans Day weekend
Three players took a knee during the national anthem before the New York Giants game at the San Francisco 49 ers, as the rest of the league stood during Veterans Day weekend.
49ers Eric Reid and Marquise Goodwin, both of whom have been protesting for most of the season, knelt, as did Giants defensive objective Olivier Vernon, who was just activated. Vernon had been protesting while he was injured. Goodwin and his wife had lost their newborn son earlier on Sunday due to complications during pregnancy.
David Lombardi of The Athletic subsequently tweeted a photo of Reid embracing an Air Force member. Reid has said his protest is not against the military.
” This is not about the military, there is no question of the flag, this is not about the anthem. My mom served in the armed forces. Three of my uncles served in the armed forces ,” said Reid in October.” I have the utmost respect for the military, for the anthem, for the flag … “Its about” systemic oppression that has been rampant in this country for decades on top of decades .”
The NFL Players Association had asked all players to observe a two-minute moment of stillnes before games to honor veterans. Other players who have been protesting most of the season stood for the anthem the coming week, including the Seahawks Michael Bennett, who stood before Thursday night’s game. Bennett’s father is a Navy veteran. Titan receiver Rishard Matthews walked onto the field holding hands with soldiers and stood with team-mates for the anthem for the first time since President Donald Trump blamed players for protesting.