SAN FRANCISCO — The first week of Sunday night football wasn’t just about the scoreboard. Some football fans were zoned in on what happened before kick-off.
You might’ve seen it too. Players from The Patriots to The Dolphins either kneeled or raised a fist during the national anthem.
This is a movement that has caught on ever since 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee to take a stand on police brutality against African Americans. But, the pro- athletes haven’t been the only ones tackling this form of protest.
High school football players and their coaches across the nation have followed Kaepernick’s lead.
An entire team in New Jersey got full support from their district when they took a knee during the national anthem.
Things didn’t go so smoothly for one football player in Massachusetts. He says he was initially suspended for one game after pulling a Kaepernick.
My coaches and principals have decided to suspend me for 1 game.
— MO2 (@ShowtimeMO2) September 11, 2016
But, Monday morning, in a statement, the district decided to terminate his suspension.
Thanks to all your love and support my suspension of 1 game has been terminated! pic.twitter.com/a8RB9c200N
— MO2 (@ShowtimeMO2) September 12, 2016