It’s seven weeks into the NFL season and players are still protesting the national anthem in a variety of ways. Colin Kaepernick led the charge against racial inequality through his refusal to stand for the national anthem and has gained quite a bit of media attention from it — and the NFL has lost viewers in the process. The entire protest has become incredibly controversial with pundits and sports commentators speaking out against it from all over the country.
Here is a list of all the players protesting in Week 7:
Colin Kaepernick, Eli Harold, Eric Reid, Jaquiski Tartt, Antoine Bethea, Keith Reaser, Rashard Robinsononce | San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, making his second start of the season, knelt during the national anthem before the 49ers’ game against the Buccaneers. Kaepernick was again joined by linebacker Eli Harold and safety Eric Reid in taking a knee during the national anthem. Safeties Jaquiski Tartt and Antoine Bethea and cornerbacks Keith Reaser and Rashard Robinsononce again raised their right fists as the anthem played.
Arian Foster, Kenny Stills, and Michael Thomas | Miami Dolphins
Running back Arian Foster, wide receiver Kenny Stills and safety Michael Thomas knelt for the anthem before the Dolphins’ game against the Bills. They’ve done so for every game this season.
“It’s just so easy to hate,” Foster said. “If you’re proclaiming to be a true American, freedom runs in our bloodlines, right? It’s supposed to. If somebody is telling you they don’t feel like they’re free, why wouldn’t you listen to them?”
Ron Brooks and Malcolm | Philadelphia Eagles
Safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback Ron Brooks each raised a fist over their heads during the national anthem before their game against the Vikings. Both players have been doing so since Week 2 against the Bears.
Robert Quinn | Los Angeles Rams
Defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist during the national anthem before the Rams’ game in London against the Giants. He has been doing that since Week 1. He explained his stance in early September. “Just standing up for my rights,” he said. “I didn’t want to try to distract the team; just want to have my right of freedom.”
The Seahawks linked arms and stood as a demonstration of unity during the national anthem before their game against the Cardinals on Sunday night. They have done so before every game this season.
Jurrell Casey, Perrish Cox, DaQuan Jones, Jason McCourty, Wesley Woodyard | Tennessee Titans
After the national anthem before the Titans’ game against the Colts, cornerback Jason McCourty, linebacker Wesley Woodyard and defensive linemen Jurrell Casey and DaQuan Jones all raised fists — like they have done this every game season. For the first time, though, defensive tackle Al Woods and cornerback Perrish Cox participated.
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