Russell Okung raises fist during national anthem

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Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung stood behind his teammates in the bench area, his fist raised, during the playing of the national anthem on Saturday night, via a photo from Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Okung did the same last season to protest social injustice and police brutality.

A handful of other players protested before games this week, prompting a response from President Donald Trump on Twitter.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat on the bench during the national anthem Friday night.

Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took knees during the national anthem Thursday.

Three Seahawks left the field for the anthem before their game, and four Jaguars stayed inside for the anthem before their game.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins raised a fist before the Eagles’ game, and defensive end Robert Quinn did the same before the Dolphins played.

27 responses to “Russell Okung raises fist during national anthem

  1. How dare these athletes express free speech and have an opinion about the systematic abuse that takes place regularly in America. I think they all need to toughen up like me. I’m no wimp like these young minorities, unless someone has an opinion I slightly disagree with during a song.

    I’m not giving this sport my $47 dollars, they’ll have to somehow survive in the hundreds of millions they earn being more popular than all the other major sports combined.
    I’m excited to read all the fist shaking and flag stroking you folks are about to drop. I can only hope your no longer watching the nfl will soon also prevent you from OBSESSIVELY READING AND COMMENTING ABOUT IT. LOL

  2. @zeefross

    disagree during a song? That is how you refer to the National Anthem and the flag? Interesting. This has nothing to do with them and free speech. NBA players don’t seem to have that right.

    They are protesting during something that represents freedom to most people in this country. You do not seem to feel as if others who disagree with that have the same right to free speech.

  3. Secondly, the reason the police are upset is because there is nothing else for them to get commendations for, but to kill someone black and unarmed. The reason they are resisting so hard is because a lot of them (white people in positions of power) are apart of these organizations (nazi, kkk, white sup, etc.) The sole reason they won’t classify these groups as terrorists groups.

  4. The fist means Black Power, could anyone imagine a white person doing some white power Symbol? Is there one? Let’s just play football, your at work, work! Protest on your time, better yet, do something in your community or better yet Detroit

  5. jackedupboonie says:
    August 11, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    What does the fist signify?? You can whip me but you won’t take my spirit??

    Just ask Trump and watch his followers who think it’s ok to punch people at his rallies

  6. Keep these articles coming, it’s very important to know about player conduct during the anthem. When will kneeling, sitting, and fist in the air become official game stats?

  7. End this and it is real simple take the camera off the players and only start them up for the kick off. When are these grown men gonna understand that the fans pay to watch football, the only ones that care about the protest are the media..

  8. How come these guys only exercise their free speech on company time? What do they do off the field that actually makes a difference. These guys are only doing it to draw attention to themselves.

  9. jackedupboonie says:

    August 11, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    What does the fist signify?? You can whip me but you won’t take my spirit??


    It usually means Black Power.

  10. I have no problems with a raised fist during the anthem. Kneeling during the anthem is disrespectful. There are ways to protest without offending others, and I think raising your fist or locking arms have been great examples, and are more likely to be shown on TV than kneeling at this point.

  11. collectordude says:
    August 11, 2018 at 10:35 pm
    Of course he did.
    Another idiot ex-seahawk.
    It was your punk ex-quarterback Kaepernick that started this mess.

  12. the league controls the player’s behavior while they are wearing an nfl uniform, lets say this guy raised a fist while wearing a visor that was not approved, or his socks did not match. he would obviously be fined.

    RG needs to develop a set and fine players that are in uniform and do not adhere to the anthem policy.

  13. Whaaaa!!! Somebody silently raised a fist (that I didn’t see) in a sport I’m telling people I don’t watch anymore! I’m so upset, I don’t know if I should watch or not. Ok, I’ll watch but only today.

  14. A running count of who kneels or stays in the locker-room or tunnel…..Why? Why the focus on the two or so per game that don’t follow the rules when the current roster of 90 per team has 178 players doing what they are supposed to be doing. This is getting so old . Who cares

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