J.T. Brown is the first NHL player to protest the national anthem.
The Tampa Bay Lightning forward raised his right fist during the anthem before the team’s first road game of the season against the Florida Panthers.
The 27-year-old Brown, one of approximately 30 black players in the NHL, remained standing throughout the anthem Saturday night.
Brown, the son of former NFL running back Ted Brown, used the same protest before a preseason game against the Panthers last month.
He told the Tampa Bay Times earlier this week that he doesn’t think protesting during the national anthem is disrepectful.
“Some will tell you that’s disrespecting the military, well I wanted to hear it from someone who is serving, not some person on Twitter,” Brown said. “Some thought (kneeling) it was disrespecting, but most felt that we have a right to do it, regardless of whether they agree with you or not, or would stand next to you.”
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem in the NFL preseason a year ago to make a statement about social inequality and police treatment of blacks in the United States. Since then, the protest has spread to other sports.
With The Associated Press