One of the all-time great Running backs is fully prepared to continue the National Anthem protest in the upcoming season. During a food drive in his home state of Texas, Peterson said that he and many NFL players will “without a doubt” continue the kneeling protest in light of the police-involved killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and the vigilante murder of Ahmaud Arbery.
According to Greg Bailey of The Houston Chronicle, the 35-year-old rusher for the Washington Redskins responded to potential backlash from the league saying, “if not playing football is going to help us save lives and change things then that’s just what it has to be.”
Peterson is coming up on his 15th year in the league. The future Hall of Fame running back’s comments may be at odds with the owner of the team, Dan Snyder, who in 2017 donated $1 million to the Trump campaign.
The 2016 kneeling protest started by Colin Kaepernick received new life after recent police brutality cases that led to protests across the United States and internationally. Protesters have often used Kaepernick’s form of protest by taking a knee in the streets during George Floyd protests.