Kansas City Chiefs star cornerback Marcus Peters became the first player to sit for the national anthem during the 2017 NFL regular season Thursday night.
Peters appeared to be the only player who opted not to stand before his team’s opener against the New England Patriots.
— David Eulitt (@davidphotokc) September 8, 2017
Last year, Peters raised his fist during the anthem after Colin Kaepernick made headlines by deciding not to stand to protest injustice and the mistreatment of people of color.
“I was just stating how I’m black, and I love being black, (and) I’m supporting Colin in what he’s doing as far as raising awareness with the justice system,” Peters said last September. “But I didn’t mean anything (bad) by it.”
— Marcus Peters (@marcuspeters) September 7, 2017
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch and a group of Cleveland Browns players all decided not to stand for the anthem during the preseason this summer.