Catching Fire: NFL Opening Weekend Was Full Of National Anthem Protests

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Solidarity demonstrations and peaceful protests took over NFL opening weekend as football stars followed Colin Kaepernick’s lead.

Following Colin Kaepernick’s lead in protesting social injustice and inequality, many NFL players demonstrated solidarity during NFL opening weekend.

As protests spread and more players bring visibility to issues of social injustice and police violence, the demonstrations have caused controversy, furthering the conversation surrounding freedom and inequality in today’s America.

See the NFL Opening Weekend as documented via social media:

Tennessee Titans Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard and Jason McCourty were captured with raised fists ahead of their game against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Seattle Seahawk's linked arms during the national anthem.

Four players - Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills - of the Miami Dolphins knelt on one knee.

Marcus Peter of the Kansas City Chiefs raises a fist, while his team members lock arms.

Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty of the New England Patriots both raised fist during the anthem.

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