On Monday night, the Cleveland Browns held a historic protest of the national anthem.
While the Star Spangled Banner played, a dozen players took a knee and joined each other in prayer. It was the largest group protest by a single team to date, but there was also another first.
Browns tight end Seth DeValve was one of the players to join the protest, making him the first white player to take a knee during the anthem.
“The United States is the greatest country in the world. It is because it provides opportunities to its citizens that no other country does,” DeValve said, via USA TODAY Sports. “The issue is that it doesn’t provide equal opportunity to everybody. And I wanted to support my African-American teammates today who wanted to take a knee.”
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) August 22, 2017
Other players who joined the protest were Jamie Collins, Christian Kirksey, Duke Johnson, Terrence Magee, Isaiah Crowell, Brandon Wilds, Kenny Britt, Ricardo Louis, Jabrill Peppers, Calvin Pryor and Jamar Taylor.
The Browns went on to defeat the New York Giants, 10-6.