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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers called for solidarity and change amid protests over George Floyd's death, adding that on-field demonstrations by NFL players in recent years have "never been about an anthem or flag."
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis after a white former police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest last week.
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Violent protests have broken out across the United States since Floyd's death, during which he was filmed crying out for help as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground.
The situation has turned attention back to Colin Kaepernick and kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest against police brutality and racial inequality. Saints quarterback Drew Brees still does not approve of that form of protest, as he reiterated Wednesday. His position brought heavy backlash from NFL players.
Rodgers was among those to use social media to speak out on players protesting.
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A few years ago we were criticized for locking arms in solidarity before the game. It has NEVER been about an anthem or a flag. Not then. Not now. Listen with an open heart, let’s educate ourselves,[......]