Lorenzo Alexander, the oldest player on the Buffalo Bills and one of the vocal leaders, had a big part in the team's meeting on Saturday night to discuss a protest before Sunday's game. Alexander was one of at least a dozen Bills who took a knee during the national anthem to protest President Trump's comment that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem. He also referred to the players as "sons of bitches."
I told Alexander after the Bills' 26-16 win that the "sons of bitches" comment was condescending and sounded a little bit racist. He didn't hesitate to answer.
"Yes. It is," he said. "I mean, it's the closest you can walk up against it without saying it, because the majority of players that are kneeling are African-American. Does it make it personal? I took a knee today. Does that mean I'm an SOB now? Is my mom a B? Everybody that knows my mom knows no."
Think of that. An NFL player didn't feel it was appropriate to utter the words "son of a bitch" in a football locker room. But the president used it to belittle NFL players in a speech in Alabama. Is there any wonder players would respond in a unified fashion?
"I think people that have a platform making a lot of money, you need to take a stand and use your platform," Alexander said. "That's what it's all about. I have a huge voice, and if I see something going on, that's what leadership is all about – stepping up for those that don't have a voice.
"That's what guys are doing around the league. You understand or you don't. But I'm not here to change everybody's mind. I'm here to do what's right. I thought today was a great day to kneel and show the guys that are doing it for their causes that we support them."
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