Anthem Latest: WNY HS Student Kneels; Packers, Bears Lock Arms

Gearing Up For Another Weekend of NFL Games

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Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears players, coaches and other staffers locked arms on the sidelines during the national anthem Thursday night.

Many fans at Lambeau Field cheered and chanted “USA! USA!” while a large American flag was unfurled at midfield before the anthem.

Packers players released a statement this week saying they would intertwine arms before the game as a show of unity. They asked fans to join in the stands and at home, though it didn’t appear that many fans locked arms. Many people in the crowd held up small flags during and after the anthem.

Former player, now Bills color analyst Mark Kelso, thinks the action by the Packers and Bears is a good compromise.  "It's nice when they do something prior to the anthem and then stand for the anthem.  It gets the message out and at the same time communicates respect for the flag.  It brings visibility and makes sure there is respect for servicemen and women". 

The NFL is gearing up for week two of football being played in London with the Miami Dolphins playing aginst the New Orleans Saints Sunday . 
Reporter Tom Rivers says the major focus though will be on what happens right before the game.

 

In Jamestown,  a high school football player took a knee during the anthem before a game in Dunkirk last night. He was the only player to kneel while his teammates stood

Freshman Lebron Fisher kneeled while the anthem was being played during a game  Jamestown freshman, was the only player to kneel during the playing of the anthem while his teammates stood.

Fisher’s mother says  she was proud of her son's act:

 

A Roman Catholic diocese in suburban New York City has issued a warning to its three high schools that students and spectators cannot kneel or otherwise protest when the national anthem is played before games and other school events.
   
The Diocese of Rockville Centre sent out the directive this week. It says it has a long-standing policy against protests during the anthem.
   
Spokesman Sean Dolan says violators would be disciplined on a case-by-case basis.
   

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