The Philadelphia Eagles had a plan to peacefully demonstrate for social injustice before their first game of the season, according to Profootballtalk.com. Their opposition, the Washington Football Team, did not want to participate in their planned protest.
Eagles Defensive Lineman Malik Jackson told the Philadelphia Enquirer the Eagles wanted both teams to kneel before the kickoff. He said Washington players did not want to participate in the demonstration.
“We wanted to do the whole Premier League [thing], when they take a knee before they kick the ball off for 20 or 40 seconds,” Jackson said. “That’s what we wanted to do before the kickoff, both teams take a knee, and then decline the penalty and kick the ball off.”
Neither team ended up kneeling, but both sides did stand in the middle of the field with arms locked during “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
Washington players stood on the sidelines during the National Anthem. Eagles players return to their locker room as the anthem played.
Jackson has been outspoken on racial injustice issues. On Wednesday, during his media availability, he called upon NFL leaders take action and not “hide behind the shield.”
Appearing before reporters, Jackson donned a “Make America Great Again” hat with “Great Again” crossed out. Those words were replaced with “Arrest the Cops who Killed Breona Taylor.”
“I just hope we can do something where people can truly say how they feel,” he told reporters. “Not during the anthem, because I personally feel like we should stand for that. But another time.”