The National Anthem protests from last season are leaking over to the 2017 season.
The 2016 NFL season saw Colin Kaepernick become a controversial figure for his protest during the national anthem before kickoff.
Kaepernick’s protest, a knee during the anthem, sparked other NFL players to join in.
One of those players was Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins. Rather than taking a knee, however, Jenkins raised a fist, a la Tommie Smith and John Carlos.
On Thursday night, Jenkins continued his protest, standing at the 43-yard line with a raised fist. Jenkins spoke with ESPN’s Tim McManus about the protest.
“Last season, I raised my fist as a sign of solidarity to support people, especially people of color, who were and are still unjustly losing their lives at the hands of officers with little to no consequence.
After spending time with police officers on ride-alongs, meeting with politicians on the state and federal level and grass roots organizations fighting for human rights, it’s clear that our criminal justice system is still crippling communities of color through mass incarceration.”
Jenkins protest continued while Colin Kaerpernick searches for a spot on an NFL roster. He recently called NFL teams “cowards” for their reluctance to sign Kaepernick.
— ESPN Radio 1300 CT (@espn1300) August 11, 2017
It’s clear the protests will continue, as will the controversy surrounding the method.