Kansas City Chiefs Cornerback Marcus Peters Raises Fist During National Anthem

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raised his fist during the National Anthem prior to the team's opening game.

Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raises his fist during the National Anthem.

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Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raises his fist during the National Anthem.

There has been a lot of talk about national anthems lately, and it looks like that is going to continue for awhile. On Sunday, prior to their game against the San Diego Chargers, the Kansas City Chiefs linked arms with cornerback Marcus Peters raising his right fist in the air at the end of the line.

The Kansas City players released a statement explaining their demonstration, which may or may not have been ripped off from the Seahawks, saying, "After having a number of thoughtful discussions as a group regarding our representation during the National Anthem, we decided collectively to lock arms as a sign of solidarity." The statement continued,

"It was our goal to be unified as a team and to be respectful of everyone’s opinions, and the remembrance of 9/11. It’s our job as professional athletes to make a positive impact on our communities and to be proactive when change is needed. Together we are going to continue to have conversations, educate ourselves and others on social issues and work with local law enforcement officials and leaders to make an impact on the Kansas City community."

According to Arrowhead Pride, on Friday Peters said that he's "100 percent behind" Colin Kaepernick. He added, "It’s hard for us as we have influences on the world and all these fans around the world, once we come out like Colin did, it becomes a big huge thing like he’s disrespecting the flag. He didn’t say none of that. He spoke up about something that he felt he needed to speak up about. I salute him for that. I’m going to back him up."

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