Chiefs players locked arms during the playing of the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Chargers and cornerback Marcus Peters stood at one end of the line with his right fist raised while the song played.
After the game, Peters was met at his locker by the media and asked to explain why he made that decision. He said it wasn’t about attention for him and that he wants to “educate the youth that is coming up.” He also said he spoke to coach Andy Reid about his plans before the game.
“I’m just stating that I’m black and I love being black,” Peters said, via Arrowhead Pride. “I’m supporting Colin [Kaepernick] and what he’s doing as far as raising awareness with the justice system. I didn’t mean anything by it. I locked arms with my teammates. I talked with coach and coach said it was OK if I wanted to express my thoughts and so I just expressed it.”
Peters also said that he’s “more so don’t talk about it, be about it.” He was asked what else he’s doing to address the problems he hoped to spotlight on Sunday.
“I continue to do some things on my own back at home and we try to further help this power. It’s not going to do any good if you keep rushing us talking about the same thing over and over. Who’s going to help us do this? Are you all going to help us when we’re out there helping these kids and educating them so we can eliminate this problem? Thank you.”
Four members of the Dolphins took a knee during the anthem on Sunday, while the Seahawks stood with arms linked on the other side of the field.