The question of whether NFL players will kneel during the National Anthem in 2020 has turned from ‘if’ to ‘how many.’
It appears as a coach and general manager will now be joining them.
Houston Texans GM and head coach Bill O’Brien announced he will take a knee with his players during the national anthem at games this upcoming season.
“Yeah, I’ll take a knee. I’m all for it, O’Brien said. “The players have a right to protest, a right to be heard and a right to be who they are. They’re not taking a knee because they’re against our flag. They’re taking a knee because they haven’t been treated equally in this country for over 400 years.”
Redskins running back Adrian Peterson confirmed what many had already suspected in the wake of George Floyd’s death, saying that “without a doubt” players will kneel.
New Redskins coach Ron Rivera stood behind his veteran running back saying he will support their choice to kneel, and down in Texas, O’Brien has emerged as one of most outspoken voices around the league in the conversation about racial equality social justice.
O’Brien opened a video conference with reporters with a heartfelt message addressing Floyd’s murder, even encouraging players to attend Floyd’s funeral, which was held in Houston.