Bears, Lions Make Statements During National Anthem

Players from both the Bears and Lions stayed in the locker room or knelt.

(670 The Score) Players from both the Bears and Lions made statements during the national anthem before the season opener at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday.

While the displays weren't uniform for either team, many Bears players took a knee or locked arms. Bears tight end Jimmy Graham and reserve linebacker James Vaughters raised fists in the air.

Some players from both teams remained in the locker room, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reported.

Bears chairman George McCaskey recently expressed his support for players using their platforms for protest and raising awareness for social justice.

"I hope the players know that they’re in an environment here where they will be supported," McCaskey said. "And we’ve told them that whatever they decide to do, we will support them. I’m very impressed that for a lot of guys it’s more than the symbolism of taking a knee. It’s concrete action to make the positive change in our community. If they feel more encouraged now to speak out, we welcome that."

The pregame ceremonies also featured a rendition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," during which Bears offensive tackles Charles Leno Jr. and Bobby Massie took knees.

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