The national anthem protest has mostly subsided 15 weeks into the NFL season, and the players on just one team outnumber those around the rest of the league who are continuing to kneel.
Twelve players on the Seattle Seahawks knelt for the national anthem ahead of their game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Only 11 other players among the other 31 teams in the NFL are also continuing to protest, according to a breakdown by CNS News.
The only other team with multiple players kneeling on Sunday was Colin Kaepernick’s former team, the San Francisco 49ers. The Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs each had one player kneel.
Kaepernick began the national anthem protest at the start of the 2016-17 season when he was still quarterback of the 49ers. The former player turned activist opted out of his contract during the off-season and has not been picked up by another team since.
With Kaepernick out of the league, the national anthem protest was pretty much over towards the beginning of the 2017-18 season. It wasn’t until Donald Trump recommended NFL owners fire the players who kneel during a rally for then Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange in September that players began to participate in large numbers again.
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