4 Redskins Players Defy Coach, Protest Police Violence During Anthem

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
Washington Redskins players raise their fists during the national anthem at the Sept. 25, 2016, game against the New York Giants.

It took three games and two more deaths of unarmed black men for four Washington Redskins players to finally join the growing number of NFL players who are standing up against the over-policing of black and minority communities.

On Sunday, DeSean Jackson, Niles Paul, Greg Toler and Rashad Ross all raised a fist during the national anthem before taking on the New York Giants.


The protest came after Redskins coach Jay Gruden noted at the beginning of the season that his team would not be participating in any protests during the playing of the national anthem.

In fact, Gruden had added that his players would "stand up and give respect" during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The Redskins have "a ton of respect for what goes on for our country with those people," Gruden said, the Washington Post reports. "And for three minutes, for us to take our helmet off and stand up and give respect is how we treat it here with the Redskins."

No word on Gruden's reaction to his players' stance.

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