HYATTSVILLE, Md. — Raiders proprietor Mark Davis issued the next assertion to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez Sunday morning:
“A few yr in the past, earlier than our Tennessee recreation, I met with Derek Carr and Khalil Mack to ask their permission to have Tommie Smith mild the torch for my father earlier than the sport in Mexico Metropolis. I defined to them that I used to be asking their permission as a result of I had beforehand informed them that I would like that they not protest whereas within the Raiders uniform. And will they’ve one thing to say, as soon as their uniform was off, I’d go up there with them. During the last yr, although, the streets have gotten scorching and there was lots of static within the air and just lately, gasoline has been added to the hearth. I can not ask our staff to not say one thing whereas they’re in a Raider uniform. The one factor I can ask them to do is do it with class. Do it with delight. Not solely do we’ve got to inform individuals there’s something incorrect, we’ve got to provide you with solutions. That’s the problem in entrance of us as People and human beings.”
Former Raiders CEO (1997-2013) Amy Trask additionally spoke on the CBS pregame present. Right here’s what she stated:
Former Raiders CEO Amy Trask (1997-2013) on CBS pregame present: “Sports activities has the facility to unite us. Let’s not let it divide us.” pic.twitter.com/jfSVSgQEj3
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) September 24, 2017
In line with NFL Community, all the Raiders offensive line additionally plans to kneel or sit for the nationwide anthem when Oakland performs at Washington Sunday night time. Donald Penn, Kelechi Osemele, Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson and Marshall Newhouse compose the one all-African American offensive line within the league.
President Donald Trump lately urged NFL house owners to fireside gamers who don’t stand for the nationwide anthem and referred to as for followers to boycott NFL video games.
If NFL followers refuse to go to video games till gamers cease disrespecting our Flag & Nation, you will notice change happen quick. Hearth or droop!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
The Raiders kick off towards Washington in primetime at 5:30 PST on NBC.