Chris Long Becomes First White NFL Player to Participate in National Anthem Protest

by Aaron Rupar – His gesture comes a day after a black player asked his white peers to get involved. On Thursday, Chris Long became the first white NFL player to get involved in a national anthem protest. Before a preseason game in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Eagles defensive end put his arm around safety Malcolm Jenkins while Jenkins raised his fist. SB Nation   ✔@SBNation Chris Long put his arm around Malcolm Jenkins in support of his national anthem protest. 9:37 PM – Aug 17, 2017 Long’s gesture came a day after Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett urged white athletes to get involved. Bennett, who has been sitting during anthems, said on SportsCenter that “it would take a white player to really get things changed.” “It would change the whole conversation,” he added. “Because when you bring somebody who doesn’t have to be a part of conversation making himself vulnerable in...

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