Colin Kaepernick inspired more fellow NFL players to protest the national anthem – even on 9/11! Arian Foster and three other Miami Dolphins players refused to stand during the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, as they took a knee instead!
Arian, 30 – along with Jelani Jenkins, 24, Michael Thomas, 23, and Kenny Stills, 24 – knelt during the playing of America’s national anthem during the Sept. 11 game between the Dolphins and the Seattle Seahawks. As they knelt, Kenny and Michael held a hand over their hearts while Arian and Jelani bowed their heads.
This protest might have been a last-second audible, as Arian said he was planning to raise his fist – a symbol associated with the Black Power Movement – during the game, per the New York Post. Instead, the four players simply decided to follow Colin Kapernick, 28, and Denver Broncos’ Brandon Marshall’s, 32, example and kneel.
“They say it’s not the time to do this,” Arian said, per USA Today, about his protest during the 15th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trace Center and the Pentagon. “When is the time? It’s never the time in somebody else’s eye, because they’ll always feel like it’s good enough. And some people don’t. That’s the beautiful thing about this country. If somebody feels it’s not good enough, they have that right. That’s all we’re doing, exercising that right.”
The Miami Dolphins tweeted a statement after the protest, saying while they “encourage all members of our organization to stand at attention during the national anthem,” they also recognized Arian, Jelani, Michael and Kenny’s “right to reflect” in their own way. Plus, this protest against police brutality and racial inequality was supported by the team’s owner, Stephen Ross, 76.
“Our team and our whole organization…respects the flag and what it stands for, and the soldiers and everything,” he said. “But these guys are making a conversation of something that’s a very important topic in this country, and I’m 100% supportive of them.”
Not everyone is supportive of these protests, especially on 9/11. Rob Lowe, 52, slammed the protest as stealing the moment away from the memorial. He joins Ray Lewis, 41, Tiki Barber, 41, and the growing number of fans upset over what they see as a gross display of disrespect for the men and women in uniform.
What do you think about the Miami Dolphins players kneeling during the national anthem on 9/11, HollywoodLifers? Do you think it was respectful or should they have not protested on September 11th?