“We respect and support our players’ right to protest peacefully,” said a news release from Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. “This was a demonstration for justice and equality for all Americans. These are core values we can all support.”
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 13, 2020
Ravens defensive coordinator Don ‘Wink’ Martindale knelt during the anthem, too; as did defensive end Calais Campbell and quarterback Lamar Jackson, noted the Sun.
“A lot of players on this team are really passionate about the community, about our backgrounds and where we come from,” said Campbell post-game. “I think most of the guys wanted to protest against the injustices in our community. … This is just an opportunity for us to use this platform to try to affect change in the communities.”
As noted by The Daily Wire, reports emerged back in July about the NFL playing “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing” before all Week 1 games.
The song was