Steve Bisciotti responds to Ravens kneeling during national anthem
LONDON (AP) —
Around a dozen NFL players - including Baltimore Ravens defender Terrell Suggs and running back Jacksonville Jaguars Leonard Fournette - knelt on Sunday during the performance of the US national anthem before the start of a match between their teams at Wembley Stadium in London.
Since last season several NFL players have chosen to lie down, sit or raise their fists during the anthem in protest of the treatment that the police give to black people, which they consider discriminatory.
The owner of the Baltimore Ravens, Steve Bisciotti released the following statement Sunday morning:
We recognize our players' influence. We respect their demonstration and support them 100 percent. All voices need to be heard. That's democracy in its highest form.
Other players who put a knee on the court during the hymn's performance Sunday in the British capital were Ravens CJ Mosley players Mike Wallace and Lardarius Webb as well as Jaguars Dante Fowler, defender Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue and Jalen Ramsey.
The players of both teams and the owner of the Jaguars, Shad Khan, who did not lie down, stood with their arms joined together during the performance of the American anthem and the national anthem of Great Britain, "God save the Queen."
No player knelt during the performance of the British national anthem.
The gesture came after President Donald Trump made a suggestion on Saturday to NFL team owners whose players decide to lie down during the national anthem: fire them.