In response to the protests by African-American football players demonstrating during the national anthem, several members of the Buffalo Bills, including two players with ties to the state, are participating in demonstrations.
Brandon Tate, who played for Buffalo in 2016, joined “Outnumbered” Thursday to discuss the protests.
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“The Buffalo Bills are one of the largest black-owned organizations, so we’re all individuals that have something to say and have an opinion on it,” Tate said.
Curtis Samuel said he agreed with the protest, and added that he would stand with his teammates if he made it onto the field.
Just had a great conversation with the @BuffaloBills safety, Brandon Tate – who’s taking a knee during the national anthem in solidarity for the brave men and women fighting for us. @buffalobills . #TakeAKnee ? — Sgt. Amos Grant (@AmosGrant7) August 3, 2018
“I definitely think it’s important to not take the knee by someone else. We are all linked to the same thing, and we should be together,” Samuel said.
Joining the conversation from Knoxville, Tennessee, Magdalena Eriksson, an alumna of the University of Tennessee and a 2018 Louisville Women’s Elite MMA Fighter, told Harris Faulkner she is standing with her university teammates, John Flanders and Breese Fort, for the national anthem.
Eriksson said she is standing with them because “it’s not the time to demonstrate” and because “I think they’re a good group of men.”
“Now that Donald Trump is president, there’s a lot of stuff that’s going on. He’s just a bad influence,” Eriksson said.
Watch the rest of the conversation above.
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