Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Some Eastern Shore residents participate in nation-wide National Football League boycott

Some Eastern Shore residents participate in nation-wide National Football League boycott

Earlier in the football season, the American Legion, the nation's largest veterans' organization, called the athletes who failed to show respect for the national anthem as "misguided and ungrateful". National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell and the players union said they would address "important social issues" at a meeting next week.

The statement further noted that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith will attend a meeting next week to discuss any progress that can be made on issues players are bringing awareness to as part of their protests.

According to Channel 11 News exchange partner The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the boycott comes amid a national boycott of all NFL games by veterans organizations.

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The afternoon games offered a different story, as players who have protested before continued to demonstrate during the national anthem.

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.

That notion was countered this past Thursday, Nov. 9, as Michael Bennett, one of the more prominent protesters, stood during the anthem as he didn't want the message to be seen as an anti-veteran sentiment. Quinn was ill and inactive for the game.

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The New Orleans Saints again knelt as a team before the anthem, then rose together for the song, with some players and coaches locking arms in solidarity.

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