Only 1 NFL Player Sat During Anthem After Massacre, Several Minutes Later Karma Completely Destroys Him

The NFL has been facing major repercussions for their anthem protests that have been steadily increasing this year. It took a turn for the worse when Donald Trump encouraged team owners to fire any player who was disrespectful enough kneel while the national anthem played. Many teams took the protests to a whole new level. The Pittsburg Steelers didn’t even leave the locker room last week while many others knelt locking arms on the sidelines. As a result of their actions, NFL ratings dropped dramatically and many fans took to social media to record themselves burning their jerseys and swearing off the NFL until the league got its act together. Things were looking rather bleak for team owners.

After last week when ratings dropped, many owners changed their tune and demanded the players stand and show respect for the national anthem. Many of the teams followed their boss’s lead and stood, but there were still many who decided to continue their disrespectful ways.

The NY Times reported:

The Seattle Seahawks were on the field for the national anthem before their game on Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts, but a group of six players, led by Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, sat on the bench for the duration of the song. The rest of the Seahawks were standing, scattered on the sidelines in a far more disorganized grouping than most teams have chosen, while the Colts were on the sidelines with locked arms. Andrew Luck, the injured Colts quarterback, was shown during the NBC broadcast singing along to the song.

Rather than wait in the locker room, like they did during last week’s anthem, the Seahawks decided instead to create a fund with the goal of building a more compassionate and inclusive society, calling it the Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund.

Here is a quick look at what each team did during the playing of the national anthem on Sunday:

 A group of about 30 San Francisco 49ers players knelt during the anthem, and the rest of the team stood behind them. They were joined on the field by the team’s general manager, John Lynch, and all of the players — kneeling and standing — had their hands on their hearts. It was the first game the 49ers have played since President Trump’s incendiary comments, which were inspired by the actions of the former 49er Colin Kaepernick, and the team made one of the more dramatic statements of either week. A smattering of boos could be heard as the 49ers took a knee. All of the Cardinals players were standing for the song.

There was one player in particular who received instant Karma when he decided to be the only member of his team to stay seated.

According to IJR:

Less than 24 hours after the Las Vegas massacre that left at least 59 people dead, it initially appeared as if both the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs were in complete unity during the playing of the national anthem before the “Monday Night Football” game.

Then the camera cut to the Chiefs’ bench. Sitting alone in protest was the team’s star cornerback, Marcus Peters.

Peters was the only player from either team who chose not to stand for the national anthem. He didn’t even choose to take a knee. He just remained seated.

Ironically, moments later, Peters was completely burned for a 44-yard touchdown by the Redskins.

Ouch. NFL fans also brought their own message to the stadium.

Regardless, it seems that Peters is now in the minority among NFL players. Following President Donald Trump’s strong remarks against national anthem protests, roughly 180 NFL players refused to stand for the national anthem. This week, the number apparently dropped to 54:

In the midst of the Las Vegas tragedy that took place, Peters should have done what was right and stand with his team to show unity in our country during such a terrible time. While most of the players in the league have decided to back down on their protesting, there are still those who just don’t get it. If Peters wants to act like a jerk, he should expect to be treated like one. Do what is right and get off your butt. Show respect for the country that has given you every opportunity in the world.

H/T IJR, NY Times

 

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