The anthem protests keep going on and on like the Duracell bunny.
It’s an endless cycle, but more and more players are starting to abandon taking a knee – only three players kneeled during the 1pm EST games.
But one NFL franchise is still driving the protests.
Seattle, home of the Seahawks, is one of the most liberal cities in the United States.
So it’s no surprise that the franchise, home to the “12th man,” is leading the charge in the anthem protests.
Before the Rams slaughtered the Seahawks in week 15 – putting up 34 points against the “Legion of Boom” in the first half alone – several Seahawks players kneeled during the national anthem.
Seahawks defensive end, Michael Bennett, has been one of the leaders to pick up the torch since Kaepernick knelt during the anthem nearly a year ago.
Bennett recently accused Las Vegas Police Department of racially profiling when he was detained in Sin City after the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight, but once a video was released displaying what actually happened, it proved his story to be mostly false.
So it’s no surprise that the defensive leader on the Seahawks would rally the locker room to continue kneeling during the anthem, despite the declining numbers across the league.
The Daily Caller reports:
“The national anthem protest has mostly subsided 15 weeks into the NFL season, and the players on just one team outnumber those around the rest of the league who are continuing to kneel.
Twelve players on the Seattle Seahawks knelt for the national anthem ahead of their game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Only 11 other players among the other 31 teams in the NFL are also continuing to protest, according to a breakdown by CNS News.
The only other team with multiple players kneeling on Sunday was Colin Kaepernick’s former team, the San Francisco 49ers.
The Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs each had one player kneel.
Kaepernick began the national anthem protest at the start of the 2016-17 season when he was still quarterback of the 49ers.
The former player turned activist opted out of his contract during the off-season and has not been picked up by another team since.
With Kaepernick out of the league, the national anthem protest was pretty much over towards the beginning of the 2017-18 season.
It wasn’t until Donald Trump recommended NFL owners fire the players who kneel during a rally for then Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange in September that players began to participate in large numbers again.”
The Latest: AP counts 17 players protesting during the national anthem during Sunday’s afternoon games https://t.co/EeJKzoEpes
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) December 17, 2017
Maybe some players are sick of this anti-American demonstration and with the season almost over, it should be interesting to see whether these same players continue the anthem protests next season.