The national anthem protests are not ending. If anything, they will become more ubiquitous.
Athletes are speaking out about the recent death of Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old black man who was shot and killed by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma last week. Crutcher's car stalled in the middle of the road. Police shot and killed him while he was reaching into his car. He was not armed. In a video taken from a helicopter, a voice is heard to say, "That looks like a bad dude too. He might be on something."
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has not stood for the national anthem since Aug. 26, and other athletes have joined his protest of social injustice and oppression of black people.
"This is a perfect example of what this is about," Kaepernick told USA TODAY Sports regarding Crutcher's death. "It will be very telling about what happens to the officer that killed him."
Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall, who lost endorsements after he kneeled for the national anthem, told Sports Illustrated he takes issue with people who are angry about the anthem protesters but are not outraged about the recent killing.
"How come they don’t have that same type of anger toward the situations that are going on? I think everybody needs to check themselves,” he said to Sports Illustrated.
Other athletes, including a couple from Atlanta's sports teams, have taken to social media to voice their outrage.
I'm not a bad dude...and no I'm not on something #TerenceCrutcher— Devonta Freeman (@devontafreeman) September 20, 2016
When theres no video, we are expected to believe the cops, when there is video, we are told it doesnt show the whole story #TerenceCruthcher— Brotha Jenkins™ (@TyrellJenkins14) September 20, 2016
Here are other athletes' responses, many of whom bring up the recent bomber in New York and New Jersey:
Take a good look at my daughter Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. The moment she was born was the day I saw the world a lot different. All day I wonder how can I raise her the right way and teach her the right lessons. I can't explain to her what's going on these days between the badge and the people. The badge was made to protect us, not scare us. #stealthefear #steal🔓fear #weprayforpeace For each steal I’m going to donate money and time towards a foundation(s) striding to improve the struggle between the badge and the citizen. I challenge all sponsors and athletes to match these proceeds to contribute to the cause helping families affected by all the killings leaving families and communities traumatized. As big as an awareness Kap has raised by taking a knee and the bravery it took for so many to follow I also understand those that fought for that flag have nothing to do with whats going on in our society today and I no longer believe taking a knee is the answer. This news makes me sick and I am challenging myself to make a difference! #stealthefear #steal🔓fear #weprayforpeace
Tell me this, how does an unarmed black man whose car is stalled and needs help get shot and killed by police officers, while the NY and NJ bombing suspect who actually shot at police officers gets apprehended and is alive? I guess being black is worse than being a terrorist. Even with your hands up, no gun, and in need of HELP, being black is still a crime. My sincerest condolences to Terence Crutcher's family🙏🏿
#enoughisenough from @realjohngray - A terrorist in New Jersey bombs New York has a shoot out with cops and gets grazed with a bullet. And safely arrested. A man with car trouble in Tulsa gets TAZED then shot. And then they stand there. Don't offer him aid, comfort, nothing. No gun. No criminal activity. And I've heard people say "he should have complied". As if that has ANYTHING TO DO WITH KILLING AN UNARMED MAN. Stop making excuses. His color got him killed. If that was a well dressed non-black female, do you think the helicopter pilot would have said "she looks like a bad person" in the same manner they said Terrance Crutcher "looks like a bad person"? Of course not. His color was the only thing that made him bad. From 500 feet in the air. I'm tired man. And I'm scared. Cuz I'm big and my skin is brown. Lord don't let my car break down, don't let me be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Don't let me reach for my phone or do anything threatening. Jesus help THIS NATION.