In honor of Veterans Day on Saturday, the NFL Players Association voted unanimously to hold a moment of silence during Sunday's games to honor those who have served.
As a result, the long-standing protest against racial inequality and police brutality was largely suspended over the Veterans Day weekend, with only three players kneeling before games. It was a big moment that showed that players are united in their attempts to highlight the issues that exist in America especially for people of color who are victims everyday to senseless brutality at the hands of the police forces.
Even Titans receiver Rishard Matthews, who previously had participated in the protests, walked on field holding hands with soldiers and stood for the anthem. It was a very powerful moment for NFL players and showed the nation what they're really trying to do.
The moment of silence was part of a larger #SalutetoService campaign by the NFL to show their support for the military after many had accused protesting players of criticism of our service members. In reality, it wasn't the message the players were trying to send at all with their protests in the previous week. They wanted to highlight the problems they face without disrespecting others, and many Veterans have come out in support of this movement.
To show their support, the NFL invited members of the military to join players on the field.
It was also a time to honor fallen heroes.
While some felt the move was just a stunt...
all for a photo op and then the kneeling will commence again after Vets Day.— lara eisenberg (@KeyWestLara) November 12, 2017
So if effect this is an attempt by the NFL to buy their way out of the situation and or the damage they have created. Seems a little to late. Money isn’t going to change the minds of the Americans offended. NFL continue to demonstrate disrespect. Nothing has changed.— svart räv - Jäger (@fox77_k) November 13, 2017
Others were grateful for the gesture of support for the military.
Very touching and God bless each and every vet, active or retired. WE WILL ALWAYS Love and respect u!!! 🇺🇸❤️— mt (@kowbyfan) November 12, 2017
Heart felt thank you to the sacrifices our veterans past, present & future have made, and will continue to make for us. These sacrifices allow us our way of life, our freedoms! God Bless our Veterans!— Steve Gladson (@GladsonSteven) November 12, 2017
H/T: The Hill