As the NFL season entered its first week, the big focus was protests of the National Anthem against racial inequality. San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner throughout the preseason, sparking a firestorm of controversy.
Those protests carried over into Week 1, with Denver's Brandon Marshall taking a knee, four Miami Dolphins taking a knee and the Seattle Seahawks linking arms as a team.
Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty joined in solidarity between Sunday night's Patriots-Arizona Cardinals matchup, raising their fists as the anthem ended.
Bennett had also been on a group text with over 70 NFL vets (including Kaepernick, Richard Sherman, Arian Foster and more) discussing what to do for the anthem, according to The MMQB's Robert Klemko.Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty raise their fists after the anthem #SNFhttps://t.co/zSuXItlxxs pic.twitter.com/sdNKY8fWuq— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 12, 2016
McCourty's twin brother, Jason, performed the same gesture before his Tennessee Titans faced Minnesota, while Bennett's brother Michael was part of the aforementioned Seahawks protest. Whether or not the protests continue or grow for Week 2 remains to be seen.1. I'm told there are 70+ NFL vets in an ongoing group chat at the moment, discussing and debating what Kaep started and what to do today.— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) September 11, 2016
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