Chris Long supportive of Malcolm Jenkins' national anthem protest

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 18, 2017

While Long and Jenkins were standing for the anthem, Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks took a knee, according to ESPN's Tim McManus.

As Malcolm Jenkins raised his right fist in the air during the national anthem, Chris Long's right hand was over his heart.

Long, who starred in Charlottesville in high school at St. Anne's-Belfield and went to the University of Virginia, was critical of white nationalists and the violence in his hometown last week.

On Thursday night, Philadelphia Eagles corner Malcolm Jenkins continued his protest during the national anthem before his team's preseason game against the Bills.

Jenkins announced last week that he plans to continue his silent protest during the performance of The Star Spangled Banner this season, advocating for criminal justice reform.

"It's been a hard week for everybody", Long said Thursday. "I don't think that by acknowledging as a white male that America isn't the same for me, maybe, as it is for everybody, the same great place, that we're complicit in the problem or that we're saying America isn't a great place". "I've heard a lot of people say, 'Why do athletes get involved in national anthem protests?' I've said before that I'll never kneel for an anthem because the flag means something different for everybody in this country, but I support my peers". "Not somebody who's trying to undermine or take over or draw attention to themselves, which is why I don't think he did exactly what I was doing".

"People are asking me, 'Why Charlottesville?'" Long said this week, via the Philadelphia Daily News.

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