— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 4, 2018
While the 2017-18 NFL season has been defined by continuous national anthem protests in the name of police brutality, players for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles at Super Bowl LII opted to not knee during the pregame tradition.
The protest — which started with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking a knee last season — has been a trend among a number of Philadelphia players throughout the season, but even those team members remained unchanged as pop singer P!NK belted out the Star Spangled Banner.
Controversy around the anthem has been particularly noted among some Eagles players, including defensive back Malcolm Jenkins, as Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill — whose track Dreams and Nightmares has become an underdog battle cry of the Eagles — faces a drug conviction that many believe is an example of the racist justice system in America.
The Meek Mill song Eagles’ players have rallied around includes the following lyrics regarding the drug conviction:
“In a matter of time I spent on some locked up shit
In the back of the paddy wagon, cuffs locked on wrists
See my dreams unfold, nightmares come true
It was time to marry the game and I said, ‘Yeah, I do’
If you want it you gotta see it with a clear-eyed view”
Watch above, via NBC.
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