Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters became the first player to sit for the national anthem during the 2017 NFL regular season.
Peters opted not to stand Thursday before his team’s opener against the New England Patriots. He appeared to be the only player on either team to do
Peters previously raised a fist during the anthem last year after then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines by deciding not to stand to protest racial inequality and police brutality.
“I was just stating how I’m black, and I love being black, (and) I’m supporting Colin in what he’s doing as far as raising awareness with the justice system,” Peters said last September. “But I didn’t mean anything (bad) by it.”
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch and a group of Cleveland Browns players were among those who decided not to stand for the anthem during the preseason this summer.