Dolphins S Michael Thomas Has Received Death Threats Because of Anthem Protest
During week 1 of the season, Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills of the Miami Dolphins all took a knee during the playing of the anthem before a game against the Seattle Seahawks.
On Wednesday, Dolphins safety Michael Thomas stated he has received numerous death threats because of his refusal to stand during the anthem.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) September 21, 2016
Along with 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, Thomas is the second player to come out and state that he’s received death threats because of the protest.
“I’ve definitely received something similar,” Thomas said. “Like I said, [racial oppression] is alive and well in this nation. A lot of people don’t understand where we’re coming from, but it’s our reality. That’s why we’re doing this to try to find solutions.
“Regardless if it’s serious or not, no one has come to my doorstep yet with a gun. I know what I’m standing for is right. I believe that in my heart and I’m going to continue to do what I got to do to keep the conversation going.”
Just a quick check on Twitter and it’s not hard to find people who disapprove of him kneeling:
@Michael31Thomas You and your 9/11-anthem-kneeling teammates are a disgrace.
— Pat Lynch (@patlynch101) September 11, 2016
— JJ (@jjcar99) September 18, 2016
— Britney (@jaboodagoat) September 11, 2016