The response from NFL players and owners to Donald Trump’s comments calling for their jobs if they kneel is coming in. And from all indications, this is figuring to be an historic day in the NFL.
This morning the Ravens and Jaguars kicked off in London where some two dozen players on both teams kneeled to protest in solidarity. The Steelers are reportedly not even going to come out of the locker room for the anthem.
There figures to be many other teams joining in throughout the day, culminating in the Sunday night game in Washington where early reports are at least the Raiders entire offensive line will sit or kneel in solidarity according to Ian Rapoport.
As Rapoport notes, the Raiders have the league’s only all black offensive line in the league. From left to right it’s Donald Penn, Kelechi Osemele, Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson, and Marshall Newhouse. I also wonder if that would include the reserves.
Other Raiders players have shown support, including linebacker Bruce Irvin.
You may recall Irvin along with Malcolm Smith both raised a fist for the National Anthem during a game last season.
You have to figure more than just the offensive line will sit or kneel for the Raiders. We already know Marshawn Lynch won’t be standing. Their thunder may be stolen with all the demonstrations during the early and afternoon games, but it’s important they take part as well. To send the message they won’t be bullied and have their jobs called for. Especially from someone who confuses ‘very fine people’ and ‘sons of bitches’.