Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford explains why he took a knee during national anthem

Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford explains why he took a knee during national anthem

It was made a footnote by their late-game meltdown, but Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford became one of the highest-profile players in any sport to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem when he did so before Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. Stafford joined running back Adrian Peterson and a handful of other teammates in kneeling for the anthem, while more than a dozen players retreated to the locker room during the song and others stood in unison on the field. Asked about his decision Wednesday, Stafford said it "just felt like it was the right thing at the right time." [ The Free Press has started a digital subscription model. Here's how you can gain access to our most exclusive Lions content. ] "Obviously, it’s been an amazing offseason for me personally, for our team, for a lot of people," he said. "There’s been a great opportunity for growth and learning and understanding, and just felt like it was the right thing for me, as certain guys on our team felt like the right thing was standing, certain guys felt like the right thing for them was being in the locker room. We support each other. We know where everybody stands in our locker room. We love each other and support each other and that’s that." NFL players demonstrated en mass last week against racial injustice and police brutality. The Houston Texans stayed in its locker room for the playing of the anthem during the league's ...
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