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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has said that he’ll continue to kneel during the national anthem to protest the oppression of black people in the United States. Some critics are offended by this because they feel it is disrespectful to the flag, and it helps explain why the Seahawks have chosen to stand with arms interlocked during the anthem prior to their 4:05 p.m. ET meeting against the Dolphins on Sunday.

It’s also why the Chiefs did the same before their 1 p.m. ET kickoff against the Chargers:

Second-year Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raised his right fist during the anthem:

More from the Kansas City Star‘s Terez Paylor:

The Chiefs also released a statement to their website that was posted at 1 p.m. ET:

“After having a number of thoughtful discussions as a group regarding our representation during the national anthem, we decided collectively to lock arms as a sign of solidarity. It was our goal to be unified as a team and to be respectful of everyone’s opinions, and the remembrance of 9/11. It’s our job as professional athletes to make a positive impact on our communities and to be proactive when change is needed. Together we are going to continue to have conversations, educate ourselves and others on social issues and work with local law enforcement officials and leaders to make an impact on the Kansas City community.”

— Representing all Kansas City Chiefs players


Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Chiefs interlock arms, Marcus Peters raises right fist during national anthem