First White NFL player to protest anthem

First White NFL player to protest anthem

In a show of solidarity with his teammate, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long put his hand on the shoulder of Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins as Jenkins raised his first during the national anthem before Thursday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. 
PennLive.com’s Aaron Kasinitz shared the Associated Press photo of Long and Jenkins:


“I thought it was important that athletes with my skin color stood up with others protesting for racial equality,” Long said after the game, per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Jenkins raised his fist during the national anthem last year as well, following in the footsteps of Colin Kaepernick, who sat or knelt during the anthem throughout the 2016 season to protest police brutality and social injustice.