Kneeling during the national anthem has been a point of contention within the NFL ever since Colin Kaepernick began his peaceful protest against police brutality and social injustice four years ago.
Expect more players to follow Kaepernick’s footsteps this season.
Among those considering taking such action is Carolina Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
“This upcoming season I have a decision to make as far as kneeling or standing,” he said on a Zoom call Monday. “Of course, I’m leaning toward kneeling. That’s a decision I’m going to make.”
Bridgewater has particularly close ties to the Minneapolis area, where he was drafted and played for the Minnesota Vikings the first four years of his career.
The 27-year-old QB, who also played for the New Orleans Saints before signing with the Panthers this offseason, said he was able to reach out to Floyd’s family and “do some things for them.”
“As far as what happened in Minnesota, that’s unfortunate,” he said. “That’s the tough side to life that every morning you wake up you pray that you make it home safe to your family.
“It’s not promised, it’s not guaranteed when you exit out that door that you return. My heart goes out to George Floyd’s family … I was able to contact the family directly and do some things for them. When that time comes [to kneel], it’ll be a decision that I make.”