Chiefs’ Marcus Peters Holds Up Presumptive ‘Black Power’ Fist During National Anthem


One of the most anticipated subjects to the opening Sunday of the NFL season would be wether anyone would chose to protest the National Anthem. That Sunday just so happens to be 9/11.

The Kansas City Chiefs chose to stand during the playing of the anthem with arms locked in unity, but Marcus Peters made a gesture that looks awfully familiar.

Peters raised his right first into the air, a move similar to the black power salute made by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

The american sprinters Tommie Smith,John Carlos and Peter Norman during the award ceremony of the 200 m race at the Mexican Olympic games. During the awards ceremony, Smith and Carlos protested against racial discrimination: they went barefoot on the podium and listened to their anthem bowing their heads and raising a fist with a black glove. Mexico City, Mexico, 1968 Mexico city, Mexico, 1968

Peters expressed support for Kaepernick earlier this weekend, saying he was “100 percent behind him.”

There is no word yet on if Peters was showing support for the causes described by Colin Kaepernick or if the gesture was a show of patriotism during the anthem.