In the wake of the biggest mass shooting in the history of the United States, only two players sat while the national anthem played ahead of the Monday night football game.
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Just a day after a 64-year-old shooter opened fire at the Route 91 Harvest concert leaving 59 dead and over 400 injured, the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Washington Redskins. While dozens of police officers and first responders put their lives on the line to save the victims of Sunday’s attack, two players still felt the need to sit during the national anthem on Monday.
Two Chiefs, Marcus Peters & Ukeme Eligwe, sat for the National Anthem tonight pic.twitter.com/Bls1n7knfv
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 3, 2017
The Redskins stood and linked arms for the anthem as did several players on the Chiefs sideline. However, Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters and linebacker Ukeme Eligwe sat during the playing of the national anthem. As ESPN’s Sean McDdonough noted, Peters has been sitting for the anthem for weeks.
Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters sat during the national anthem, as he has done throughout the season pic.twitter.com/roTfsPg0aU
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 3, 2017
The national anthem protest was started by Colin Kaepernick over a year ago claiming he was protesting against America’s oppression of people of color. Despite the fact that Mondays game came less than 24 hours after law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect thousands of Americans, Peters and Eligwe still chose to sit.
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