Today (October 1) and prior to their kickoff against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Baltimore Ravens took a knee before the national anthem.
As the players knelt, boos insued by their home fans as the PA announcer said the team was kneeling in prayer.
Linebacker Terrell Suggs, wide receiver Mike Wallace, former Ravens star Ray Lewis and others kneeled during the national anthem last week in London when they took on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kneeling before the anthem made most people mad, especially those who believe the players are succumbing to the pressure from both disgruntled fans and the league. Others were mad because it showed that the boos were only about their actual protest and not disrespecting the anthem.
And of course, there were those who were expressing their displeasure by booing, aka the hypocrites.
See the Ravens players kneeling as well as reaction below.
Maybe I'm stupid, so somebody please explain this to me..... why are fans booing players for kneeling BEFORE the national anthem?— Ben Livingston (@bliv94) October 1, 2017
Kneeling before is cowardly they should be booed. https://t.co/4ciM6wtwqX— Angel Six (@Angel6ix6ix6) October 1, 2017
I hope NFL players get Donkey of the Day for kneeling BEFORE the anthem. @cthagod. Trump won the battle.— Sir Jay LaFlare🌻 (@285Racer) October 1, 2017
Kneeling BEFORE the anthem is another example of the oppressed being told how 2 protest 2 make everyone else feel comfortable. #TakeAKnee— Adina Ellis (@ihsana76) October 1, 2017
Tf is you kneeling for if you’re doing it before the anthem?— bre 👽 (@justbe_lovely) October 1, 2017
Kneeling before the anthem defeats the purpose 🙄— Lady Tsunade (@CCs_Interlude) October 1, 2017
Kneeling BEFORE the anthem totally defeats the purpose but whatever 😒🙄— Li-Li👽 (@classy_lili) October 1, 2017
Ravens players booed for kneeling BEFORE anthem. This was never about the flag. This is racists trying to silence black athletes' First Amendment rights. pic.twitter.com/946eGnoZm4— Adam Best (@adamcbest) October 1, 2017
So @Ravens fans booing their team for kneeling BEFORE and not during the anthem.... what's that disrespectful to? You're all idiots— Dan (@Chitucky05) October 1, 2017