Addressing the elephant in the room

Eagles’ Chris Long on anthem embrace: ‘I’m here to show support as a white athlete’

Chris Long

By John Breach

Chris Long must be looking to totally destroy his career. If the NFL doesn’t put a stop to this nonsense they will see their ratings fall even farther this year.

Chris Long must be looking to totally destroy his career. If the NFL doesn’t put a stop to this nonsense they will see their ratings fall even farther this year.

For  past 12 months, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has been raising a fist over his head during the national anthem as a way to protest social injustice. 

Jenkins has been one of several dozen African-American players across the NFLwho have protested during the anthem over the past year. However, one thing the protest has been missing is the support of a white player.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/16/opinions/nfl-needs-to-make-standing-for-anthem-a-rule-chi/index.html

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett actually mentioned this week that the support of a white player would go a long way toward helping the cause.

Although we haven’t seen a white player protest during the anthem yet, Eagles defensive end Chris Long did offer support for the cause before Philadelphia’s game against Buffalo on Thursday. While the national anthem was being played, Long went up to Jenkins and put his hand on his back.

Chris LongFor Long, it was important to show support for his new teammate.

“It’s just telling Malcolm, ‘I am here for you,’ and I think it’s a good time for people who look like me to be here for people fighting for equality,” Long said, via ESPN.com.

The 2017 season will be Long’s first year in Philadelphia after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Rams and Patriots.

Although Long doesn’t plan on ever taking the knee during the national anthem, he said there’s other ways that white players can show their support.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say you need white athletes to get involved in the anthem protests,” Long said. “I’ve said before I’ll never kneel for an anthem, because the flag means something different for everybody in this country, but I support my peers. And if you don’t see why you need allies for people that are fighting for equality right now, I don’t think you’ll ever see it. So my thing is, Malcolm is a leader, and I’m here to show support as a white athlete.”

 

 


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