LeSean McCoy, Josh Norman, And More: Why We’re Demonstrating During The National Anthem

Bryan Brandom
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In August, LeSean McCoy said his team’s hypothetical signing of Colin Kaepernick would be a “distraction,” due to the QB’s kicking off of protests during the national anthem over a year ago.

Then President Donald Trump said that any player who kneels during “The Star-Spangled Banner” is a “son of a bitch” who should be fired.

Two days later, the six Buffalo Bills players knelt and locked arms before their Sunday matchup with the Denver Broncos. McCoy stretched.

He explained his demonstration after the team’s 26-16 vcitory.

McCoy was not alone.

Here’s Washington cornerback Josh Norman following his team’s win over the Oakland Raiders.

Miami Dolphins safety Michael was moved to tears while discussing the world he wanted to leave behind for his daughter.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long, who turned down an invitation to the White House after winning the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots, suggested Trump lead another country if he’s not okay with peaceful protest.

But perhaps the most poignant explanation came from Denver Broncos linebacker Shane Ray, who tweeted about the protests a day after Trump’s comments, on Saturday.

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