Veterans Boycott NFL Games

News Channel 8 Reporter Peter Bernard

News Channel 8 Reporter Peter Bernard

The president and other critics argued that the playing of the national anthem was the wrong time for protests, regardless of the reason, because the song represents USA national unity and respect for those who serve in the military. Players have been kneeling to protest what they say is unfair treatment of minorities by law enforcement. No other protests immediately emerged.

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who has refused to stand all season in a protest against racial and social injustice, told reporters that he made an exception for Veterans Day.

Boycott The NFL, a Facebook page on the national anthem issue, has called for supporters to tune out Sunday games "in solidarity with veterans around the country".

In the eight 1 p.m. ET games on Sunday, no players were observed kneeling during the national anthem.

The Facebook page "Boycott the NFL" advocates not watching this Sunday's National Football League games to "honor our military, many of whom come home with a flag draped over their coffin".

The NFLPA had asked all players to observe a two-minute moment of silence before games to honor veterans.

They honored veterans. The AP reported that one player in specific, Tennessee Titans receiver Rishard Matthews, walked onto the field holding hands with soldiers.

According to the Washington Times, before this week, there were a group of about two dozen players who routinely protested week to week.

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

Eric Reid and Marquise Goodwin protested on the 49ers sideline, while the Giants' Olivier Vernon knelt on the NY sideline. It was his first game since signing with the team this week.

Vernon also knelt last weekend at MetLife Stadium even though the Giants were doing their Salute to Service. Punter Johnny Hekker again put his arm around Quinn in support.as he has done for several games.

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