Devalve is the first white NFL player to kneel for the national anthem. DeValve is White, married to a black woman, and clearly aware that he will be raising kids that “don’t look like him,” and by extension, may have to deal with racial issues that he has never had to deal with.
DeValve was one of nearly a dozen Cleveland players who knelt for the anthem before tonight’s preseason game against the Giants. Several other players showed support by standing with their hands on their kneeling teammates’ shoulders. It was the largest anthem protest by a single team so far.