Lions’ Akeem Spence Says His Kneeling During National Anthem Cost His Father a Job


The fallout from NFL players continuing to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem is now starting to effect family members of the players who choose to protest.

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence recently revealed his father was denied a job after his decision to take a knee during the national anthem last Sunday.


Spence told the Free Press on Wednesday that his taking a knee was “no disrespect to the American flag.”

“It’s about right and wrong, like I always say,” Spence said. “And what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong. It’s no offense to nobody, no disrespect, just like I always tell people, love one another and we’ll be alright.”

“It’s important,” he said. “It’s an issue that we can’t turn a blind eye to. It’s something that needs to be talked about and something needs to be done about it. You just take – that was a major step, I’d say, when you have your owners, Jerry Jones and those guys coming out and just supporting their team. Now, it’s a light being shined on the injustice and everything going on.”

Akeem’s father, Floyd, did not want to talk to anyone about the incident, as he wished to maintain a low profile.

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