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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

WATCH: NFL Players Stand for ‘Black National Anthem;’ Kneel for ‘Star-Spangled Banner’

On the opening Sunday for the National Football League, the majority of players on the Baltimore Ravens stood for “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a song considered the “black national anthem,” but knelt immediately after for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Only two players, cornerback Marlon Humphrey and linebacker Matthew Judos, knelt for both anthems, according to USA Today.

But the majority, including star quarterback Lamar Jackson and wide receiver Marquise Brown, intentionally knelt during the U.S. national anthem.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti defended the controversial move and called it a “demonstration for justice and equality for all Americans.”

“This was not a protest against our country, the military or the flag. Our players remain dedicated to uplifting their communities and making America better. They have proven this through substantive action. They are committed to using their platform to drive positive change, and we support their efforts,” he said.

Many others, however disagreed with Bisciotti’s assessment, including Outkick founder Clay Travis:

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