Marcus Peters Sits During National Anthem of Chiefs vs. Patriots

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2017

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 02: Cornerback Marcus Peters #22 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on from the field during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 2, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Chiefs 43-14. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
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Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters remained seated during the national anthem ahead of his team's season opener against the New England Patriots on Thursday night. 

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Marcus Peters sits for the National Anthem https://t.co/akOVPOJmjj

Prior to the game, Peters shared a photo of his cleats, which were emblazoned with the words "liberty" and "justice for all":

Marcus Peters @marcuspeters

Stand for what you stand in. If you see the potential for good, speak up. Don’t be Quiet. @Fam1stfam #adidasPharrellWilliams https://t.co/zGWrCSqVtT

Peters continued the movement started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began protesting during the national anthem last preseason and carried it through to the regular season.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick said to NFL Network's Steve Wyche in August 2016. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

Since then, many other players have followed suit. 

Prior to the Chiefs' opening-week victory over the San Diego Chargers last year, Peters raised his right fist in solidarity with the cause, per the Kansas City Star's Jeff Rosen:

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Marcus Peters with raised fist during Anthem. Locked arms by #Chiefs. No one sat or knelt. #USA https://t.co/zfHgrphj6l

The 2016 All-Pro also rode a stationary bike as the national anthem played before Kansas City's third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks in August.


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