First White Player Kneels During National Anthem: “I’ll Be Raising Kids That Don’t Look Like Me”

by Krystal Franklin

August 23, 2017

Photo by Erica Devalve Instagram

During a Monday Night Football preseason game between the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns, Seth DeValve joined 11 other players as they took a knee and prayed during the National Anthem, making DeValve the first white player to do so.

When asked why he chose to participate, he told Cleveland.com, “I wanted to support my African-American teammates today who wanted to take a knee. We wanted to draw attention to the fact that there’s things in this country that still needs to change.”

But the issue is deeper than that for DeValve. The 24-year-old is married to a Black woman.

“I myself will be raising children that don’t look like me, and I want to do my part as well to do everything I can to raise them in a better environment than we have right now,” he continued.

DeValve’s support comes after Seattle Seahawks Defensive End Michael Bennett called for white players to use their platform to effect change.

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