About 20 Giants knelt while the Steelers stood in unison and held an anti-racism banner during the playing of the national anthem before their “Monday Night Football” matchup.
Giants coach Joe Judge stood between co-captains Jabrill Peppers and Dalvin Tomlinson and put one hand on the shoulder of both kneeling players. The banner read “Steelers Against Racism” and was long enough to be held by about 25 players, some of whom raised fists.
Under New Jersey’s COVID-19 restrictions, there were no fans in MetLife Stadium to react, but Giants co-owner John Mara admitted earlier this summer he knew a segment of the fan base would be outraged by kneeling during the national anthem. Mara’s preference is for players to stand but vowed to support those who feel kneeling in protest of social injustice and racism is the way to be heard.
In 2017, only three Giants – the since-departed Damon Harrison, Landon Collins and Olivier Vernon – kneeled during the anthem.
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