On Sunday, there were new calls on the field for social justice — most notably at a game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins, where members of both teams took a stand in different ways.
They stood together as one during the National Anthem, all 53 Seattle Seahawk players, arms locked in a show of solidarity. Coach Pete Carroll says he was proud.
“They wanna try to make sense of how they can impact and how they can effect others, ” said Pete.
Across the field, four Miami Dolphins took a knee.
In Kansas City more silent protests. The Chiefs interlocked arms, Marcus Petters raised his fist
The controversy started preseason when San Francisco 49er quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, refused to stand during the anthem, protesting what he called police brutality and racial injustice.
The move drew both outrage and admiration. Some Kaepernick jerseys were burned, others became best sellers.
“I think when our players speak out and they feel strongly and passionate about something I think it’s a good thing for us,” said NFL Commissioner Robert Goodell.
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe, fellow NFL players Brandon Marshall and Jeramy Lane, even members of a high school football team in Camden, New Jersey all making their statement.
USA World Cup Hockey Coach John Tortorella is not a fan, saying:
“If any of my players sit on the bench for the National Anthem, they will sit for the rest of the game.”
Terrell Fletcher played 8 seasons in the NFL, he says the controversy is striking a nerve.
“Now our athletes are bringing real life into out recreation space. I think that as a community, that makes us uncomfortable,” said Fletcher.