The national anthem protests have died down somewhat, as those who disagree with them have stopped watching and many networks have even stopped broadcasting the national anthem altogether. But the fire was reignited before James Harrison’s debut with the New England Patriots on Sunday.
As the national anthem began echoing throughout the stadium, Harrison was standing alone behind his team in front of the bench.
As the Patriots lined up along the sideline for the national anthem, James Harrison stood alone by the bench. pic.twitter.com/X2hPth5aTz
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) December 31, 2017
While it is unclear why Harrison stood alone, PennLive’s Jacob Klinger points out that he did the same thing while playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He did this here, too. https://t.co/IcRG7eb6fD
— Jacob Klinger (@Jacob_Klinger_) December 31, 2017
Harrison told The MMQB in August that he did not have any objection to NFL players who protest during the national anthem, though he chose not to do it himself. “That’s up to the individual,” he said. “If they feel like that’s something they want to do, that’s their right.”