A dozen players of the Cleveland Browns knelt during Monday’s pre-game national anthem against the New York Giants.
“There’s a lot of racial and social injustices that are going on in the world right now,” said 21-year-old Browns rookie Jabrill Peppers after the game, explaining his motivations for kneeling during the national anthem.
The Browns’ Seth DeValve was the first white player to join in a pre-game kneeling during the national anthem, reported ESPN. The 24-year-old explained his motivations after the game:
We wanted to draw attention to the fact that there’s things in this country that still need to change, and I myself will be raising children that don’t look like me. I want to do my part, as well, to do everything I can to raise them in a better environment than we have, right now. So I wanted to take the opportunity with my teammates during the anthem to pray for our country.