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Fox chooses not to show NFL anthem protest as Kaepernick fraternity marches

September 10, 2017

Colin Kaepernick’s protest movement rolled on without him on Sunday, as his college fraternity marched in Detroit and players around the NFL sat or knelt during the national anthem.

Kaepernick remains unsigned after opting out of his contract with the 49ers. His supporters believe he’s being punished for protesting police brutality by refusing to stand during the national anthem last season.

About 50 members of the Kappa Alpha Psi alumni chapter in Detroit marched in a peaceful protest that ended just outside Ford Field, where the Lions hosted the Arizona Cardinals. “When you look at some of the recent incidents like what happened to Michael Bennett in Las Vegas, it validates the stance that Colin Kaepernick has taken,” said Eric Brown, a former president of the fraternity’s alumni chapter in Detroit.

Elsewhere, San Francisco safety Eric Reid kneeled for the anthem with several team-mates standing around him. Reid joined Kaepernick in the anthem protest last season. He did not kneel at the start of the preseason but resumed his protest following the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month that involved a loosely connected mix of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists.

Bennett recently released a statement alleging racially motivated excessive force against him by Las Vegas police. The Seattle defensive end sat on the bench during the national anthem before Sunday’s game at Green Bay.

Bennett sat for the national anthem during the preseason as well, with team-mate Justin Britt standing next to him with his hand on his shoulder. Britt again stood next to Bennett during his anthem protest on Sunday. Defensive linemen Frank Clark and Cliff Avril each went back during the anthem to shake hands with Bennett.

Broadcasters such as Fox – who broadcast the Philadelphia-Washington game – chose not to show players protesting before games. Before the game, Malcolm Jenkins raised his first in protest during the anthem.

On the other sideline at about the 30 yard-line, Bennett’s younger brother Martellus, a tight end for the Packers, stood at the end of the line next to his teammates, but raised his right fist in the air during the anthem.

In Cleveland, the Browns ran onto the field for their opener against Pittsburgh accompanied by police, firefighters, emergency workers and military personnel. The local police union had earlier threatened to boycott the flag ceremony when players knelt during the anthem before a pre-season game.

Protesters stage a rally in support of Colin Kaepernick, outside Soldier Field in Chicago. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

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