Former Michigan star Jabrill Peppers was one of more than a dozen Cleveland Browns players who took a knee and prayed as the national anthem played before an NFL preseason game Monday night.
Peppers, a rookie safety, was part of one of the largest silent protests yet in the NFL. It was a movement started by quarterback Colin Kaepernick during last year’s preseason as a way to speak out against racial injustice in America.
Peppers explained his reasoning for taking a knee when he met with reporters after the game.
“Couple guys got together, spoke, we all spoke, voiced the way we want go about it,” Peppers said, according to MLive. “Ultimately, we thought coming together and praying for our nation was the best outcome that we could have gotten for everyone to come together and express how we feel.”
It’s unclear if Peppers will continue kneeling during the anthem moving forward.
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