The first week of NFL season started on Thursday and ended Sunday on Sept 11. Many wondered if the National Anthem protesters would continue their stance on the anniversary of 9/11. The Seattle Seahawks decided to interlock arms to show unity and respect during the anthem, while across the field, the Miami Dolphins had four players kneeling in protest.
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The Seahawk players chose the anniversary of 9/11 to make it known where they stood on this ongoing controversy. “The message that we’re sending is, yes, there are things in our country that need to be changed, but that’s why our country is so great,” Doug Baldwin, a wide receiver for the Seahawks, told reporters Sunday. “We’re never afraid to face those challenges head on and make those changes.”
Each of the NFL games that were played on Sunday commemorated the 9/11 anniversary, remembering rthose who lost their lives during 9/11. Many of the Seahawk players were seen thanking the servicemen and women that were on the field. Then the cameras panned to the opposite side of the field to show the Miami Dolphins.
Multiple Dolphins players took a knee during the National Anthem pic.twitter.com/uQA0ZpWsDn
— Jeremy Chisenhall (@JSChisenhall) September 11, 2016
— ChuckModi (@ChuckModi1) September 11, 2016
The Four Dolphins players — Kenny Stills, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, and Jelani Jenkins — all took a knee when the flag was being held across the field during the National Anthem. A camera shot shows the irony of the men kneeling with a Marine in uniform standing directly in front of them.
It’s true that anyone has the freedom to say or act on what they feel may be right, but the reason they have that freedom is the servicemen and women of this country. When there is someone who serves this country right in front of you holding the flag, they should have your utmost respect. There has been a mixed reaction towards the players sitting during the 9/11 anniversary.
There have been mixed reactions towards the players sitting during the 9/11 anniversary, and it’s unclear how the NFL intends to respond to the growing number of players protesting during the anthem.
@OmarKelly glad they did what they wanted to do it and didn't bow down to the pressure that people were putting on them
— Harrison Sites (@HarrisonSites) September 11, 2016
@Deadspin I simply can't watch the NFL…I just can't support not respecting the national anthem…maybe these guys need a trip to Normandy
— Salvatore Cerasini (@SalCerasini) September 11, 2016
@Deadspin On 911 this is just in poor taste. Tons of other ways to put spotlight on issue. Self important jock egomaniacs.
— Rick Osborne (@RickOsborne2) September 11, 2016
Initially, there were reports that the Dolphins’ running back, Foster, was to hold his fist in the air during the National Anthem but he seemly decided against it. The Dolphins now have the most players sitting during the anthem since Colin Kaepernick started the movement in the pre-season.