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Dwayne Allen says he was praying, not protesting

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 14:  Dwayne Allen #83 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 14, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Getty Images

Dwayne Allen has been taking a knee at the end of the national anthem for years.

After NBC’s cameras showed him kneeling during Sunday Night Football, the Colts tight end felt compelled to explain himself. Allen said, via the team’s official website, that he’s been praying on one knee at the end of the anthem as long as he’s been in the league. NBC sideline reporter Michele Tafoya explained that during the broadcast.

“I wanted to take the time to clear up something that was misreported by NBC,” Allen said. “For every game of my career, I have taken a knee towards the end of our anthem to say a prayer for every man that steps foot on that field. Because of recent events, I have to stand here and explain to you why I’m kneeling on the field. After reviewing some of the comments, over the social media platforms, I realize that sometimes a view will spoil the bunch. But it was a vast majority that were expressing words of hate, not love, not devotion and not pride for our great nation. What I want most is for this world to be a better place for everyone who lives in it. For this country to be a better America for everyone who lives in it. And for those reasons, I’ll continue to kneel and I’ll continue to pray. I love this country. I love everyone that lives in it. Go Colts.”

After the image of Allen kneeling was broadcast by NBC, the Colts contacted NBC to explain the Allen always takes a knee immediately after the anthem. NBC immediately clarified that Allen had not been kneeling during the anthem, and that he always takes a knee to pray when the anthem ends.

He might pray but it doesn’t look like he’ll play this week because of an ankle injury suffered against the Texans.

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10 Responses to “Dwayne Allen says he was praying, not protesting”
  1. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Oct 19, 2016 6:58 AM

    Yeah because God really cares about football players when there’s kids going to bed hungry every night. You are choosing to put yourself at risk Dwayne. Don’t ask the big guy to help you when there are much bigger issues that he needs to address. Just sayin’

  2. bmacwillconn says: Oct 19, 2016 7:40 AM

    Allen’s got it right. Glad to hear he’s not a Kaepernick acolyte.

  3. lynnko says: Oct 19, 2016 7:52 AM

    your overt dislike for people of faith is tiring

  4. playmaker21 says: Oct 19, 2016 8:19 AM

    He can’t pray standing up?

  5. captainwhodat says: Oct 19, 2016 8:22 AM


  6. exhelodrvr says: Oct 19, 2016 8:27 AM

    We need more of that attitude.

  7. factschecker says: Oct 19, 2016 8:55 AM

    LOL! Who has made a mockery out of the Anthem isn’t the protesters but the news media.

    Nobody cares who is kneeling anyway. Well the only fans that care are the fans that claim they quit watching football because of the protests. The rest of us moved on back during the preseason.

  8. terripet says: Oct 19, 2016 10:30 AM

    Can you stay healthy

  9. meetadam says: Oct 19, 2016 10:48 AM

    How many wins does god give the average NFL team?

  10. backintheday99 says: Oct 19, 2016 1:32 PM

    Stupid MEDIA doing what they do best. They HAD to have had shots of the whole team standing and then they show the one at the end?

    I KNEW there was something fishy about the whole thing. Now I know. Stupid media.

    So Allen needed to address the media beforehand and explain himself. Sad that that is what we have to do these days.

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