LANDOVER, Md. — The Raiders’ offensive line will kneel together for the national anthem Sunday night in a unified peaceful protest, according to an NFL Media report.
This will be powerful: #Raiders offensive line, the only all African-American unit in @NFL, plans to sit or kneel together during the anthem
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 24, 2017
From left to right, tackle Donald Penn, guard Kelechi Osemele, center Rodney Hudson, guard Gabe Jackson and tackle Marshall Newhouse comprise the only offensive line in the NFL comprised entirely of African-American players.
The Raiders are playing on national television against Washington Sunday night at 5:30 p.m. (PST) at FedEx Field.
Running back Marshawn Lynch has sat on a cooler near the Raiders’ bench for all four exhibition games and two regular season games without elaborating on the reason why.
President Donald Trump urged fans to boycott NFL games and has called for league owners to fire players who kneel for the national anthem.
If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
In response to Trump’s speech Friday regarding the same subject as well as rescinding an invitation to the Warriors to visit the White House, Osemele and punter Marquette King both had responses on social media.
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