New York Giants Players Considering Anthem Protest After Terence Crutcher Shooting
During the first two games of the season, every single New York Giants player stood proudly while the National Anthem was playing. That may change very soon…Like, this week.
In a response to the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher a few days ago by a Tulsa police officer, a handful of Giants players are considering some form of protest before they play the Washington Redskins on Sunday. The objective would be to raise further awareness over the ridiculous use of lethal force against minorities by police officers, according to Newsday.
“As of right now we’re not doing anything different, but that could change,” linebacker Keenan Robinson said. “We are guys who have a voice, and we understand our voice is seen and heard across the world.”
“Will it? Can it?” running back Rashad Jennings said when asked if the recent news will sway Giants players to act. “It very well can.”
“Remove football for a minute, and this is life,” Jennings said. “These are real issues that people are dealing with on a daily basis that are blinded by a lot of entertainment. And we’re a part of who we are entertaining. We’re football players. It’s Sunday, people think ‘What are they doing? What’s my fantasy points look like?’ In reality, people are dying.”
“Privileged people need to defend and actually voice out, not the oppressed,” Jennings said. “That’s just complaining. The people who are privileged need to voice it themselves and say: ‘This isn’t right.’ That’s what Kaep’s doing, that’s what a lot of people are doing. That’s what my whole conversation with Kaep was about, understanding where he’s coming from. And I support that 100 percent.”
“And you have this guy, his car broke down and he gets shot?” Jennings asked. “You do the math. Somebody tell me. Help me (understand).”
“It’s unfortunate and it shouldn’t be happening,” defensive tackle Jay Bromley said. “We see people get taken into custody all the time for worse crimes and we see people die, somebody loses their father, they lose a husband, they lose a brother or uncle, for no apparent reason when it seems like it should have been handled way better.”
Expect cameras to be focused on the Giants players on the sidelines in an attempt to catch whatever it is they are about to do.