As their game began Sunday, both the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions protested against the country during the national anthem. Though, neither team took a unified approach.
A group of the Chicago Bears took a knee, and some raised their fists during the national anthem on Sunday as they visited Detroit. A greater number, though, stayed in the locker room and avoided the whole thing.
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) September 13, 2020
Nine members of the Bears and several members of the coaching and sideline staff took a knee during the anthem, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The paper added that the protest was significant because no Bears player had kneeled during the anthem before.
The players who kneeled included Akiem Hicks, Roy Robertson-Harris,