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As Military Hero Sang the Anthem, Fans’ Attention Was Grabbed by the Display on Giants’ Sideline

New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon took a knee during the national anthem prior to Thursday night’s game at Washington, bringing his streak of doing so to nine games.

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Vernon was the only player to kneel during the anthem.

Explaining why he has chosen to kneel, Vernon told Newsday that he plans on continuing despite the backlash that comes with it.

“What it would take for me to stand is if people can understand what the whole message is behind it,” he said. “That would actually help a whole lot, but everybody doesn’t see things that way and tries to distort what the message was from the beginning, which is basically social injustice on African-Americans and police brutality.”

President Donald Trump on Wednesday circled back to this topic yet again, writing on Twitter that the issue of kneeling “is killing [the] league!”

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