Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters met with outrage at the Monday night NFL game by refusing to stand for the national anthem in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre.
Mr. Peters, who has sat on the bench for the anthem all season, was one of two Kansas City players who failed to stand, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, but the only one shown on camera by ESPN.
The blowback on social media was intense, with critics accusing him of making a divisive political statement with the nation mourning the deaths of 59 people in the Sunday night shooting, the deadliest in U.S. history.
“Of all the days for the jerk #MarcusPeters to make his small little stmt,” said @marybrittles on Twitter.
David Wohl, a political analyst and surrogate for the Trump campaign, called Mr. Peters a “miserable ingrate.”
— David Wohl (@DavidWohl) October 3, 2017
Another tweeter, Onyx Paradigm, showed support for Mr. Peters: “White people and their selective outrage #MarcusPeters #TakeaKnee #ImwithKap.”
Before the game, the players and fans honored with a moment of silence “the victims, their families and loved ones, and also the heroic efforts of our first responders.”
An estimated 200 players sat or took a knee at last weekend’s games, but Mr. Rovell said only 54 did so this weekend.
He said the other Chiefs player who did not stand for the flag was linebacker Ukeme Eligwe.
BREAKING NEWS:.@marcuspeters disrespects the 59 Dead & 527 injured in the deadliest shooting in US History#MarcusPeters#LasVegasShooting pic.twitter.com/jBjM4p6DRD — Hemp Life Global® (@HempLifeGlobal) October 3, 2017
Memo to Marcus Peters – who do you THINK heroically ran up to shooters room & saved lives on ground? Cops you despise… THAT’S who. — Media Critic (@TalkCritic) October 3, 2017
#marcuspeters. This is the day you just don’t. You just DON’T! — Randy and Shellie (@Dadinavon) October 3, 2017
Even today even a Chief player refused to stand for the Anthem. #justsad#marcuspeters — Frankie Thomas (@fthomasii) October 3, 2017
#WSHvKC Of all days for the jerk #MarcusPeters to make his small little stmt. WTG @marcuspeters you are so considerate, so about YOU today. — mel eaton (@marybrittles) October 3, 2017
Sitting tonight – of all nights – Not sure who @Chiefs #MarcusPeters is ? This is who he is: https://t.co/Z0PDCizZBQ — Michelle Young (@MsMichelleYoung) October 3, 2017
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