On a somber evening, less than 24 hours after 59 people were murdered by a maniac gunman, the NFL played a football game before a national audience.
…and several players STILL refused to stand for the national anthem.
With the flag at Arrowhead Stadium at half-mast, the Kansas City Chiefs took on the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football while an uneasy nation struggled to put into perspective the deadly events in Las Vegas the night before.
But that didn’t stop Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters and linebacker Ukeme Eligwe from protesting the national anthem before the start of the game by remaining seated.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) October 3, 2017
A third player, teammate Justin Houston, also a linebacker, took what appeared to be a position of prayer on the bench, with his head bowed.
Perhaps Houston was following the advice of fans, who tried to encourage the team to do the “right” thing:
Jeff Rosen, sports editor for The Kansas City Star, summed up the feelings of plenty of Americans when he tweeted: “Man, can’t get behind Marcus Peters and Ukeme Eligwe sitting tonight. No sir. Not tonight.”
Man, can't get behind Marcus Peters and Ukeme Eligwe sitting tonight. No sir. Not tonight. #chiefs
— Jeff Rosen (@jeff_rosen88) October 3, 2017
As for Peters, who supports radical former player Colin Kaepernick, within the first few minutes of the game, the cornerback was beaten for a touchdown, so perhaps he should focus more on his JOB pre-game than propagating a liberal narrative.
Terrelle Pryor beats Marcus Peters for a 44 yard TD! https://t.co/YMqThbFzTi
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 3, 2017
A photo circulating on social media proved to be embarrassing for the NFL.
The photo featured Peters juxtaposed with a photo of Las Vegas hero Jonathon Smith, who was credited with helping save the lives of 30 people before taking a bullet in the neck.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a MAJOR problem on his hands.
Both sitting, ones a hero the other is not,can you tell which one? Jonathan Smith saved 30 lives,Marcus Peters sat during moment of silence pic.twitter.com/NpdLssS0S9
— David ShoelessJoe🇺🇸 (@yohiobaseball) October 3, 2017
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