CHICAGO (CBS/AP) -- Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and several teammates raised their right fists during the national anthem in a protest prior to their game against the Chicago Bears.
Jenkins said Saturday he would lead teammates in a demonstration against social injustice. Cornerback Ron Brooks and defensive end Steven Means joined him. It was not clear if another Eagles player joined in.
Jenkins had insisted the protest would not be “an anti-police thing” and that police “are a key part of the solution in this issue.”
A Pro Bowl safety last season, he said the team didn’t protest before the season opener last week out of respect because it was 9/11. He said he’s spoken to 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
On Sunday, midfielder Megan Rapinoe again knelt during the national anthem before a U.S. women’s national team match against the Netherlands.
Rapinoe has been kneeling in solidarity with Kaepernick, who has not stood during the anthem since the NFL preseason to draw attention to racial inequality.
Rapinoe did not start in Sunday night’s match at the Georgia Dome.
Rapinoe also knelt before the team’s game against Thailand in Ohio on Thursday. U.S. Soccer issued a statement suggesting she may face repercussions.
Rapinoe has also knelt during a game with her club team, the Seattle Reign of the National Women’s Soccer League. However, on Sept. 11 anniversary she stood and linked arms with her teammates.
“It was very intentional,” Rapinoe told American Soccer Now after the first time she took a knee during the anthem before the game against Seattle. “It was a little nod to Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now. I think it’s actually pretty disgusting the way he was treated and the way that a lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it absolutely isn’t. We need to have a more thoughtful, two-sided conversation about racial issues in this country.”
“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties. It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”
The 31-year-old Rapinoe helped the U.S. win the World Cup last year and played in the Rio Olympics.
“It’s the least I can do. Keep the conversation going,” Rapinoe tweeted on Sept. 4.