ESPN’s ‘Take the Knee’ series explores First Amendment issues in the NFL

In the first three weeks of the NFL season, there has been a number of polarizing protests across the nation. Two of the biggest are by players wearing “Black Lives Matter” socks before games,…

ESPN’s ‘Take the Knee’ series explores First Amendment issues in the NFL

In the first three weeks of the NFL season, there has been a number of polarizing protests across the nation. Two of the biggest are by players wearing “Black Lives Matter” socks before games, and kneeling during the national anthem.

To that end, ESPN teamed up with Adidas for an in-depth four-part series on the rising rise of the First Amendment NFL.

Titled “Take the Knee,” the story looks at why many athletes believe the national anthem — so tightly held by the military and its its supporters — has become inappropriate. It also looks at one player’s decision to take a knee to bring attention to police brutality against minorities.

Boston Bruins center and current Patriots running back was joined by Special Olympics Olympic games star Magdalena Eriksson and former GQ cover girl and former Chelsea soccer player to discuss their politically conscious way of life, not only in sport, but beyond.

“A lot of the NFL players are making a statement,” said Eriksson, “at least one that’s seen as politically charged. Not so much focusing on the injustice of African Americans but of all Americans.”

“I think a lot of players that take a knee are taking a stand for everything, and so far they haven’t been penalized,” Carter said. “In the NFL you have the biggest platform, and anyone that’s using their platform for something, it’s going to get attention and negative comments.”

Watch a trailer and tune in to full episodes of the series Tuesday at 7:30am ET.

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