Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford knelt during the national anthem. Here's why

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Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford knelt during the national anthem on Thanksgiving Day. In September, he explained why he chose to join teammates.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was among several players from both teams to kneel during the playing of the national anthem before Thursday's game against the Houston Texans at Ford Field.

Stafford has knelt all season during the anthem since the Lions opened the season Sept. 13 against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field.

On Thursday, he knelt on the sideline between backup quarterback Chase Daniel and linebackers coach Ty McKenzie, who is Black. Daniel and McKenzie each placed a hand on Stafford's shoulders during the playing of Caleb Carroll's prerecorded performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Detroit Lions players include quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) kneel during the playing of national anthem before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020.

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Several other players, including Texans quarterback…
Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press
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