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Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks lock arms during national anthem

By The Sports Xchange
Kansas City Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks lock arms during national anthem
Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas (center, head bowed) links arms with his teammates during the playing of the National Anthem prior to their game against the Miami Dolphins at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field on September 11, 2016. Photo by Jim Bryant/UPI | License Photo

During the playing of the national anthem before the start of the Chiefs-Chargers game at Arrowhead Stadium, all Chiefs players, coaches and staff stood for the national anthem and locked arms.

Second-year Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raised his fist during the anthem.

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During Thursday's NFL Kickoff pregame, Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, took a knee during the national anthem performance. Marshall was a college teammate at Nevada of Colin Kaepernick, the backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who began the pro sports movement to raise awareness for social injustice.

The team issued a statement early in the first half, saying it represented the thoughts and feelings of the players.

"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. 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."

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