Football is back in America, and with it came teams across the league either staying in the locker room or kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem. Throughout Week 1 games, the league played both the regular National Anthem as well as the Black National Anthem.
Ahead of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns — many players from the Ravens knelt or sat on the bench during the playing of the national anthem in a “demonstration for justice and equality for all Americans” before the team’s 38-6 season-opening win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
Clay Travis took to Twitter and called out the team for standing for the Black Anthem, but kneeling for the National Anthem.
Former MLB player Aubrey Huff took issue with it as well.
That was entirely true as cornerback Marlon Humphrey and outside linebacker Matthew Judon took a knee during the playing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” otherwise known as the Black national anthem.
“We respect and support our players’ right to protest peacefully,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in a news release shortly after kickoff. “This was a demonstration for justice and equality for all Americans. These are core values we can all support.
“This was not a protest against our country, the military or the flag. Our players remain dedicated to uplifting their communities and making America better. They have proven this through substantive action. They are committed to using their platform to drive positive change, and we support their efforts.”