No NFL players protest before games on Veterans Day weekend


The trend of boycotting the NFL picked up steam earlier this season after some players across the league knelt during the national anthem in protest of police brutality.

As part of Veterans Day observances this weekend, the Jeannette and Lower Burrell veterans organizations will boycott the Pittsburgh Steelers game Sunday.

The conservative watchdog group 2ndVote also asked fans to "stiff-arm the National Football League". However, the National Football League does not mandate that players stand, and so according to Eric Reid, who joined former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the 2016 protests, many players have been taking a knee to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

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On Thursday night, all of the players with the Seattle Seahawks stood during the national anthem as part of the NFL's Salute to Service before playing the Arizona Cardinals, according to ESPN.

Instead of showing players protesting, the station took their cameras off the field to a battleship.

The president and other critics argued that the playing of the national anthem was the wrong time for protests, regardless of the reason, because the song represents US national unity and respect for those who serve in the military.

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"While it'll probably cost us some money, we thought it was more important to stand with our veterans", Johnson told So far, 22,000 people have indicated on Facebook that they will turn off the TV for games.

"Until millionaire football players stop protesting the national anthem of the United States, we'll be here", the Facebook page states.

The NFL Players Association said a two-minute moment of silence for veterans will be observed today, and other ceremonies are planned.

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