Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Father of NFL’s Akeem Spence Denied Job After Son Kneels During Anthem

Akeem Spence was one of eight Detroit Lions players who chose to kneel during the national
Akeem Spence was one of eight Detroit Lions players who chose to kneel during the national anthem

*Detroit Lions defensive tackle Akeem Spence tweeted Thursday afternoon that his father was denied a contracting job because of Spence’s protest during the national anthem on Sunday.

Spence was one of eight Lions players who kneeled during the national anthem prior to Detroit’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He said the decision to kneel was a group effort among those players and that it was to “stand up for what’s right.”

Spence joined many athletes across the NFL on Sunday who protested during the anthem following critical statements made by Donald Trump, who said players who protest during the anthem should be “fired” by their teams’ owners.

Detroit Lions DT Akeem Spence (Far Left) kneels during the national anthem
Detroit Lions DT Akeem Spence (Far Left) kneels during the national anthem

“It’s crazy and it’s wrong, you know. It shouldn’t be like that,” Spence said. “We’re hard-working people who give back to the community. Our owners are the same way, you know, and they have the utmost respect for us and we have the utmost respect for our country, our flag and everything like that. So for our head guy to say something like that about our owners and what they should do, that’s something that I can’t, man, right is right.

“I felt like he was wrong in that sense, and we just came out and acted unity, together and just tried to make a statement.”

 

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