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Old 09-25-2017, 07:47 PM  
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Peters, Chiefs teammates protest in LA after Hunt’s statement on patriotism

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Peters, Chiefs teammates protest in LA after Hunt’s statement on patriotism

CARSON, CALIF.
In the moments before their showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, a number of Chiefs gathered in the locker room and –– motivated at least in part by President Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments over the weekend –– decided to express themselves during the national anthem.

There was just one thing one of the leaders of the demonstration, third-year receiver Chris Conley, wanted all of his teammates to know.

“Basically what I said to guys is, ‘Hey, if you feel led to protest, protest. If you feel led to stand, stand. There’s no pressure to do it either way,’” Conley explained. “There were some guys who were like ‘Oh, I don’t know.’ And I was like ‘Dude, if you’ve got to think about it, stand.’ We’re not pressuring anybody to do anything.

“But the thing we wanted to show is hey, regardless of what you felt led to do, we support each other. We call each other a family here. We have different backgrounds, we come from different places. We were able to say ‘Even if I disagree with you, I respect you and I support you.’”

So there was Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters –– who had previously been the only Chiefs player to protest during the anthem, using the opportunity to bring attention to racial inequality and treatment of black people by police –– again sitting during the anthem, this time with his right fist raised in the air.

There was defensive linemen Bennie Logan and Roy Miller, who placed one hand over his heart and the other on Peters’ shoulder, flanking him. There was outside linebacker Justin Houston, praying on both knees near the bench, while tight end Travis Kelce, defensive lineman Chris Jones and Conley kneeled.

Others who chose to sit included Tyreek Hill, Chris Jones, Cameron Erving, Terrence Smith, Tanoh Kpassagnon, Kenneth Acker, Albert Wilson, Ukeme Eligwe and Kareem and Akeem Hunt. It was a show of solidarity not displayed by the Chiefs until Trump called for NFL owners to fire players who didn’t stand for the anthem on Friday, and doubled down on those comments Sunday morning.

“It’s brought our locker room together,” Conley said. “I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘Hey Chris, I don’t agree with what you’re doing, but I respect you for being able to say that, and we’re here with you. I think that is something the sports world could show and shine a light on.

“We’re not all the same person, we’re not all the gonna think the same way. But we can still support each other and come together for a common goal and look at the issues and make it better.”

A similar number of Chargers players also knelt or otherwise lodged quiet protest, reflecting the scene around the league Sunday after Trump suggested that any football player protesting was a “son of a bitch” and called for a boycott of the league via Twitter because of multiple players’ refusal to stand for the anthem, which he called disrespectful of the military.

“The biggest thing people say to me is that it’s offensive to those who served now or then,” Conley said. “I have family that serves now, I have family that served then. My dad’s a retired vet and they support it. They realize it’s not throwing any jabs at our military or our country. I love our country, but I’m not above saying I think it could be better.”

Cornerback Kenneth Acker was in San Francisco with Colin Kaepernick, who began this movement a year ago when he decided to kneel for the anthem. He, like Conley, hopes players see the bigger picture of their efforts to both bring awareness to racial injustice and have empathy for the conditions of one’s fellow man.

“I just feel like it’s something where it’s a team thing, more than anything,” Acker said. “Everything doesn’t have to be an argument, everything doesn’t have to be an issue. It’s more of everybody just respecting their rights and using the rights we do have to make a change.”

Trump’s inflammatory comments prompted many –– including Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith –– to defend the protestors. Commissioner Roger Goodell responded by calling the president’s commentary divisive, and owner after owner came out with statements on Sunday blasting Trump’s stance.
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