NFL Anthem Kneeling is Back, With a Twist

A dozen Cleveland Browns took a knee Monday night as the national anthem was played prior to the Brown’s kickoff against the New York Giants in a nationally televised preseason Monday Night Football game.

Last season, Colin Kaepernick (in)famously sat through the national anthem in a preseason game. After the game, he explained, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” His protest generated a firestorm of both criticism and applause. Other NFL players and athletes in a variety of different sports soon began following Kaepernick’s lead, kneeling through the national anthem.