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Detroit Lions linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin may not be a household name to many fans in the league, but that hasn’t stopped some of his own team’s fans from sending him some hateful messages because of his decision to kneel during the anthem.
The 22-year-old rookie recently revealed some of the hateful things people have been saying to him.
“People are saying, like, ‘I hope you get CTE,’” Reeves-Maybin told Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. “Or, ‘I hope you can’t play with your kids when you get done playing,’ Stuff like that. But, yeah. It doesn’t bother me.”
Much like Washington Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor, Maybin says he’s also been the target of racial slurs.
“Oh yeah, definitely,” said Reeves-Maybin. “Yeah. All day. But, I mean, I can handle it.”
Lions owner Martha Ford had personally gone to the players and asked them not to kneel anymore. In return, she promised she would fund any cause that they felt strongly about, but Reeves-Maybin and fellow linebacker Steve Longa still felt the need to kneel during last week’s game.
“I feel like the right thing for me to do is kneel,” Reeves-Maybin said. “I really don’t like the state of social inequalities and justices that go on here.
“I didn’t want it to be about what President Trump said, and I felt like at the time, the week when you saw all the demonstrations, I feel like it more so made it about that and that’s not the idea of what it should have been.”