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Adrian Peterson: We’re Ready To Take a Knee Together

NFL players will once again protest during the national anthem next season. Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson will be one of the first among them.

Adrian Peterson said as much to the Houston Chronicle this past weekend. 

The murder of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis has left the United States reeling. The resulting riots have led to looting, violence and further police brutality.

However, they have also led to a vital conversation about race and police brutality. As a result, a number of players are fired up to continue the work that Colin Kaepernick started in 2016.

 

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When Colin Kaepernick instigated the Take a Knee movement, he was effectively forced out of the league. The NFL introduced a requirement that players stand during the anthem, although that was later rescinded. Players who wanted to protest were allowed to stay in the locker room during the anthem. Expect to see those players all taking a knee next season.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees inflamed the situation further by saying that taking a knee was ‘disrespecting the flag’. Although he has apologized for it, his comments have made the issue a contentious one inside NFL locker rooms.

“Years ago, seeing Kaepernick taking a knee, now we’re all ready to take a knee together going into this season without a doubt,” Adrian Peterson said.

 

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“We’ve got to put the effort in as a group collectively. Are they going to try to punish us all? If not, playing football is going to help us save lives and change things, then that’s what it needs to be,” Peterson said.

Peterson (35), ranks No. 8 in rushing attempts (3,036), No. 4 in rushing touchdowns (111) and No. 8 in yards per game (86.7) in NFL history.

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