by Angela Davis |@jerseygirlsport |@ladyadavis
Jersey Girl Sports fam
it seems players are now feeling empowered to stand up for Colin Kaepernick by taking a knee during the national anthem.
In fact, twelve Cleveland Browns players took a knee and prayed, including tight end Seth DeValve, who became the first caucasian player to take a knee in protest.
There's a lot of racial and social injustices in the world that are going on right now," rookie safety Jabrill Peppers said after the Browns' second win in two preseason games. "We just decided to take a knee and pray for the people who have been affected and just pray for the world in general."
Players said linebacker Christian Kirksey led the prayer.
"We did it out of respect," Kirksey said. "No disrespect for anyone, we just felt like it was the right time and the need to do it."
For DeValve this decision was personal. His wife is African-Aerican.
I myself will be raising children that don't look like me, and 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," DeValve said.
"So I wanted to take the opportunity with my teammates during the anthem to pray for our country and also to draw attention to the fact that we have work to do."
After the events in Charlottesville and the horrendous response by the President, DeValve is right. There is much to be done to deal with race in this country.
What do you think?