Some Detroit Lions kneel, others leave field during national anthem before season opener
The Detroit Lions took a unique approach to the playing of the national anthem for today’s season opener at Ford Field.
Several players left the field and entered a tunnel behind the team benches at the anthem began to be played over the public-address system. The rest of the team, including coach Matt Patricia, stayed on the field.
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Most of the players on the field for the anthem stood but a few kneeled, including quarterback Matthew Stafford, running back Adrian Peterson. Long snapper Don Muhlbach and receiver Jamal Agnew stood next to Peterson and placed their hands on his shoulders.
The Lions said they were not sure what they might do in support of unity until before kickoff.
In Thursday’s NFL opener at Kansas City, the Houston Texans stayed in the locker room during the anthem, then joined the Chiefs on the field for a moment of silence in support of unity.
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