First White NFL Player to Join National Anthem Protests

August 18, 2017Aug 18, 2017

The violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend has been producing a continued chaos throughout the United States. After the division, Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long decided to show his opinion.

At their preseason game against the Buffalo on Thursday night, Long decided to show his support of teammate Malcolm Jenkins during the National Anthem. The demonstrations at football games began last year when Colin Kaepernick decided to remain seated during the song.

During “The Star Spangled Banner,” Long put his arm around teammate Jenkins. Reportedly, it is the first time that a white player has made this public statement during an NFL game.

In a report after the game, Long said, “I think it’s a good time for people that look like me to be here for people that are fighting for equality.”

During the anthem, he told his teammate that he was there for him and put his arm around him to show support. The teammate, Malcolm Jenkins, has been raising a fist during the anthem since last year.

Jenkins said, “This is a moment in time where he feels the need to kind of take that step and lead, and I appreciate that.”

Chris Long is a native of Charlottesville, VA where the attacks took place. He has often been outspoken about social issues, and when the former Patriot won the Super Bowl last year, he decided to forgo the White House visit.

Long did say that he wanted to show support to his teammates, but would not kneel.

He said, “I’ll never kneel during the anthem because I have a different perspective. That’s not me being moderate on the issues that Colin and some of these guys are talking about. I agree there needs to be a lot of change brought about.”

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