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Bennett, McCourty raise fists after national anthem

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 13: Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots reacts after a defensive stop in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images) Getty Images

Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett and safety Devin McCourty raised their clenched fists at the end of the national anthem Sunday night in Arizona.

Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters made a similar gesture before his team’s game earlier in the day. Peters said after the game he had discussed it with Chiefs coach Andy Reid and only wanted to express himself.

McCourty’s twin brother, Jason, did the same before his game in Tennessee Sunday.

Bennett and Davin McCourty are believed to be the first Patriots players to make some sort of gesture or statement surrounding the national anthem since 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made clear during the preseason that he was remaining seated during the national anthem because he was protesting social injustice.

Four Dolphins players knelt for the national anthem before their game Sunday. On the other sideline, every Seahawks player stood and linked arms with the player next to him.

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33 Responses to “Bennett, McCourty raise fists after national anthem”
  1. tjacks7 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:05 PM

    Great, thanks for the update. Now I can sleep.

  2. sgtmoon5 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:06 PM

    The Black Power salute…….

    WAKE UP WHITE AMERICA!!!!

  3. Bonerz'NPudz says: Sep 11, 2016 10:08 PM

    Davin?

  4. cheapseater says: Sep 11, 2016 10:12 PM

    All these stories about game outcomes and injuries. I was like “Hello? What did the players do during the aaaaantheeeemmmm?”

  5. insightfulcomments says: Sep 11, 2016 10:24 PM

    This can’t be. I have heard over and over here on NEFT that you would never see any Pats players make a statement. It must be a reporting error.

  6. cdace13 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:28 PM

    Bonerzn’Pudz, Davin is the third brother.
    Insightfulcomments : I’ve seen Pats fans like myself you won’t see Pats players kneeling, especially on 9/11. Change the narrative.

  7. ErinAndrewsStopCallingMe says: Sep 11, 2016 10:32 PM

    James Monroe sent slaves back to Africa, hence the capital they named after him — Monrovia. Time for it to happen again here. You don’t like it, yet get paid good money to play with a ball as an adult, we’ll send you back. On our dime. Their passport and citizenship is forfeited, end of story. Good luck.

  8. richc111 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:34 PM

    I think a new web page should be stated that covers all of the social aspects of the game. That way everyone who cares about it can go to that web site and see what is happening and then not report on it on standard football sites that are actually about the physical game. Opps I see the problem.. no one would go to that site. Sorry guess my idea wasn’t thought through

  9. saberwolf335 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:36 PM

    I don’t care, it’s not that big a deal

  10. saberwolf335 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:38 PM

    The Black Power salute…….

    WAKE UP WHITE AMERICA!!!!
    —————————————-
    Your point?

  11. catquick says: Sep 11, 2016 10:39 PM

    Mutts.

  12. amaf21 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:50 PM

    great way to commemorate 9/11 you turds. #trash

  13. patfic15 says: Sep 11, 2016 10:53 PM

    Cool story bro.

  14. jag1959 says: Sep 11, 2016 11:04 PM

    So they stood like they were supposed to and after the anthem they raised their fists, what’s the problem? It’s not like they took a knee or did it during the anthem. As a vet I can’t help but think everyone just needs to lighten up with freaking out over this.

  15. duffelbagsports says: Sep 11, 2016 11:15 PM

    The same people saying don’t disrespect the flag or the anthem, disrespected the President booing him during his taped 9/11 message in NFL stadiums. Explain the hypocrisy!

  16. rcali says: Sep 11, 2016 11:15 PM

    The “All Black Panther Team” is almost complete. Congrats NFL on your effort!

  17. sgtmoon5 says: Sep 11, 2016 11:19 PM

    Saberwolf335

    If you don’t see the point…….
    …… There is not much I can do to help you!!!!!

  18. sortssux says: Sep 11, 2016 11:21 PM

    jag1959 says:
    Sep 11, 2016 11:04 PM
    So they stood like they were supposed to and after the anthem they raised their fists, what’s the problem? It’s not like they took a knee or did it during the anthem. As a vet I can’t help but think everyone just needs to lighten up with freaking out over this.

    ————–
    What would you say about a white guy doing that?

  19. bengalsofthenorth says: Sep 11, 2016 11:34 PM

    No wonder these guys lose in the CBA negotiations. They are dumb as rocks.

  20. gammynomnom says: Sep 11, 2016 11:42 PM

    won’t be on the Pats long

  21. goattoday says: Sep 11, 2016 11:44 PM

    Huge props to Amendola for holding the flag during the anthem! THAT is being an American!!

  22. insightfulcomments says: Sep 11, 2016 11:44 PM

    “What would you say about a white guy doing that?”

    That he is showing unity with the black power movement.

    If he did a Nazi salute I would say he is showing unity with the neo-nazi movement.

    Stop whining about anything you don’t find politically correct. You aren’t being persecuted.

  23. scrap7681 says: Sep 11, 2016 11:46 PM

    Stat away from the games. No sellouts=tv blackouts, commercials won’t be seen, revenue will be lost…….. Easy fix!

  24. boobsmcgoo says: Sep 12, 2016 12:19 AM

    And then Bennett saw Bellichick out of the corner of his eye and put that fist down real quick, started whistling quietly.

  25. facebookuser111 says: Sep 12, 2016 1:55 AM

    You are all idiots.

  26. ogawdwhereami says: Sep 12, 2016 3:15 AM

    Let’s be honest. It’s just something that’s becoming cool.

  27. mlander12 says: Sep 12, 2016 3:21 AM

    If you can’t see even a little of this from the perspective they have then there’s no hope for you. Downvote it all you want, but you’re a lost cause, though loud and obnoxious to be sure.

    Our armed forces fought and died for their rights to do this. If you honestly are offended that they express themselves then it’s you who’s spitting on our soldiers memory.

  28. epaminondas says: Sep 12, 2016 5:39 AM

    When I think about what was going on in the USA when Tommy Smith and John Carlos did this and today it makes these overpaid, pampered people, many of whose academic and personal GROSS faults and (for some) illegal actions during college were overlooked and pushed aside to get them where they are, seem like spoiled children who think bad attention is as good as any attention. I respect their RIGHT, but as the man who defended the nazis in skokie said….’in order to defend our own rights, we must defend the rights of the most obnoxious among us.’

    By all means exercise your rights, but to do that on 9/11, you have made yourselves obnoxious attention seekers doing nothing actual to solve the problem you SAY are motivating you.

    Would you have fought in WW2 when Americans who happened to be black were allowed only to SERVE FOOD on navy ships?

  29. tigerwoodsballs says: Sep 12, 2016 6:39 AM

    In case u didn’t know what the raised fist is in reference to, it is NOT a UNITED STATES thing.
    It’s a BLACK thing, and it’s obviously 100% racist in nature.

    Now since the media didn’t outright SAY it, we have a lot of uneducated, nauve, ignorant fools who just think it’s a random salute or something.

    You want a United country, or a divided country?

    Keep empowering these racists black power groups, and you’ll see America keep being divided, as your president has desired & been responsible for.

    Think about if handfuls of White players did the same thing.
    #1 – the media would actually MENTION the meaning behind the gesture.
    #2 – the media would hammer the Caucasian players as racist.
    #3- the NFL would not be so lenient, forgiving.
    #4- this would never happen because the typical Caucasian player is much smarter, as seen over & over, time & time again.

  30. avenger9800 says: Sep 12, 2016 8:48 AM

    Now I’m even happier than before that the Dolphins lost. I hope they go 0-16 just like SF. The political correct NFL needs to put a stop to all of this by playing the anthem while the players are still in the locker room.

  31. jag1959 says: Sep 12, 2016 9:38 AM

    sortssux says:
    Sep 11, 2016 11:21 PM
    jag1959 says:
    Sep 11, 2016 11:04 PM
    So they stood like they were supposed to and after the anthem they raised their fists, what’s the problem? It’s not like they took a knee or did it during the anthem. As a vet I can’t help but think everyone just needs to lighten up with freaking out over this.

    ————–
    What would you say about a white guy doing that?
    ___________________

    Exactly the same thing. That’s the point you are missing. As a vet and an informed citizen I have to recognize that part of honoring what that flag really stands for is accepting that some turd has the right to burn or otherwise disrespect it. I don’t have to like it but I would be a hypocrite to say they do not have a right to do it.

  32. eyeandfootballofhorus says: Sep 12, 2016 11:17 AM

    whatever players did or did not do before it, it WAS a great game…

    …especially the result

  33. mrba4775 says: Sep 13, 2016 5:23 AM

    How can blacks be racist, when they are the ones who was forced into slavery. Once, again, the protest is not anti-american, it’s about the disparity of treatment of minorities and the neglected treatmentt/ compensation, Veterans receive, when returning home from war. All this anti-american mumbo jumbo is to take the focus off the REAL issue of discussion.

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