BALTIMORE — Reigning MVP Lamar Jackson was among the roughly two dozen Baltimore Ravens players who kneeled or sat on the bench during the playing of the national anthem Sunday.
Jackson took a knee near midfield, surrounded by a smattering of other players — including tight end Mark Andrews, wide receiver Marquise Brown and backup quarterback Robert Griffin III. Others, including outside linebacker Matthew Judon, sat on the bench. Coach John Harbaugh was among those who stood.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in a statement that the organization supported those who protested.
"This was a demonstration for justice and equality for all Americans. These are core values we can all support," Bisciotti said. "This was not a protest against our country, the military or the flag. Our players remain dedicated to uplifting their communities and making America better. They have proven this through substantive action. They are committed to using their platform to drive positive change, and we support their efforts."
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