September 13, 2020 | 1: 24pm | Updated September 13, 2020 | 2: 02pm
The Jets and Bills opted out of taking a stand – or a knee – all thru the national anthem, selecting to remain inside. Nonetheless the NFL’s reigning MVP had no such qualms.
From Colin Kaepernick on, the NFL has been among the leagues most proof against social media messaging. That’s why it changed into so noteworthy to look the MVP – Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson – taking a knee all thru the national anthem of Sunday’s season opener against Cleveland.
With all eyes on who knelt or made other social justice statements on the NFL’s opening weekend, Jackson’s stance – or kneeling – spoke volumes.
And while some Baltimore teammates knelt while others sat on the bench all thru the anthem, Ravens possession backed their massive name player.
“We appreciate and make stronger our avid gamers’ correct to boom peacefully. This changed into a demonstration for justice and equality for all American citizens. These are core values we are in a position to all make stronger,” Ravens proprietor Steve Bisciotti acknowledged in a press initiating.
“This changed into no longer a boom against our nation, the navy or the flag. Our avid gamers live devoted to uplifting their communities and making The US better. They’ve confirmed this thru substantive motion…and we make stronger their efforts.”
Lamar Jackson, seen right here warming up earlier than nowadays’s recreation, changed into among the Ravens who took a knee all thru the national anthem.Getty ImagesMeanwhile, many of the Browns stood in a line along the sideline with Myles Garrett, Ronnie Harrison Jr. and KhaDarel Hodge among these kneeling. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who had vowed to kneel earlier this week, did an abrupt heel-turn.
There changed into a varied mix all thru the NFL, and even among teams.
Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich knelt all thru the anthem, while his team changed into locking arms.
Meanwhile, at Detroit vs. Chicago, light operating abet Adrian Peterson changed into among a neighborhood of Lions avid gamers kneeling, including quarterback Matthew Stafford. Da’Shawn Hand, Ty Johnson and Jonah Jackson. Head coach Matt Patricia stood at the abet of them, while numerous others were in the locker room. Meanwhile, about 20 Bears avid gamers and team members also knelt.
Diversified teams averted the overall narrate.
While Minnesota largely stood for the anthem – with Bisi Johnson Taeje Sharpe, Ameer Abdullah, Jalyn Holmes among these kneeling – Inexperienced Bay skirted any drama by staying off the sphere all thru the anthem. The Jaguars and Dolphins also stayed inside all thru the anthem.
The Eagles locked arms with Washington avid gamers for the taking half in of “Diagram shut Each and every Recount and Relate” earlier than the Eagles went inside for the anthem. Washington avid gamers took a knee on the sideline.
In Atlanta, Falcons and Seahawks avid gamers on the sphere all took a knee after the Seahawks kicked off to initiating up the recreation.