Olivier Vernon knelt for the national anthem for a third straight week on Sunday, despite not being in uniform due to an ankle injury. Linebacker Keenan Robinson also raised his fist.
Vernon’s father is a retired Miami police officer but said he and his father have discussed the injustices in this country and that his dad even agrees things must change. Vernon, Damon Harrison and Landon Collins all knelt three weeks ago, but last week in Tampa, Collins and Harrison stood with their fists raised; Vernon was the only one who remained kneeling.
“Same as last week: Nothing changed,” Vernon told the Daily News of why he stayed kneeling, referring presumably to factors such as police brutality and President Trump’s recent “son of a b—h” NFL players label. “Nothing changed as far as why I was taking a knee.”
Pressed on whether Trump’s tweet reiterating it is “very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem” had convinced Vernon to stay kneeling, the Giants’ defensive end said: “I really don’t feel like talking about it.”