By Travis Henders
Redskins coach Ron Rivera will support any player who decides to take a knee during the national anthem this upcoming season.
He also affirmed his support of Black Lives Matter (via J.P. Finlay of NBC Sports Washington):
“We cannot be afraid to say it so I will say it again, Black Lives do matter.”
One player who has made it clear he will kneel is running back Adrian Peterson (above). He said, per the Houston Chronicle‘s Aaron Wilson, “Years ago, seeing Kaepernick taking a knee, now we’re all ready to take a knee together going into this season without a doubt.”
Rivera said he is “especially proud of Dwayne Haskins and Chase Young for their actions in the Black Lives Matter movement.”
When Colin Kaepernick began taking a knee during the anthem in 2016, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it clear all of his players are expected to stand. If an owner or coach makes that type of statement again, expect a lot of pushback from players, something that Jones didn’t receive a lot of when he originally announced it.