Riders link arms during anthem, show solidarity with NFL players

The Saskatchewan Roughriders linked arms during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Calgary Stampeders in a display of solidarity with NFL players protesting in the United States.

President Donald Trump’s comments about owners firing players who kneel during the national anthem sparked a mass increase in such protests around the National Football League Sunday, as more than 130 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance during early games.

Riders defensive back Jovon Johnson took to Twitter to provide his take after the game.

 

Riders quarterback Kevin Glenn spoke out against Trump in a Tweet on Saturday.

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40 Comments on Riders link arms during anthem, show solidarity with NFL players

  1. Canadas Team // September 24, 2017 at 6:09 pm //

    Horsie,

    How u going to spin this one against the men in Green.

    Classy job Riders!!

  2. Idiots! This is Canada. Totally disresptful not to stand at attention during OUR anthem. Regina WIL be booed when they come here next month!

    • They did stand you idiot.

    • theonlydispassionateriderfan // September 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm //

      As a current serving member of Canadian Armed Forces, I feel I have the right to tell RedNorth to piss off (stronger words actually but I want this to pass the mod).

      Nothing that was done at that game by those players was disrespectful in anyway, what so ever. PERIOD! I do what I do because I believe our freedoms allow us the rights to do exactly this. This was a show of solidarity and unity. You turning it into some personal vendetta because YOUR precious snowflake feelings were hurt(see how I did that?) is more deplorable. These are not active serving members. They are not tied to or obligated to hold formation during the anthem. You say they should’ve been “standing at attention”. By the very definition, they were.

      1. Standing upright with an assertive and correct posture: famously “chin up, chest out, shoulders back, stomach in”. – Check. All stood upright, facing forward.
      2. Arms fixed at the side, thumb or middle finger parallel to trouser or skirt seam, depending on military drill specifics. – Check, arms linked is an acceptable posture for a civilian.
      3. “Eyes front”: head and eyes locked in a fixed forward posture. Ideally eyes unmoving fixated on a distant object. Blank facial expression. – Check.
      4. No speech, facial or bodily movements except when as required by military drill. – Check.

      Take your one man pissing contest and go to hell. I support these men. Neither the Riders, nor the NFL players peacefully protesting for something they believe in are sons of bitches. Trump is the real son of a bitch.

      • Youareanidiot // September 25, 2017 at 3:26 pm //

        Wow did you just torch Rednorth!! Well done sir. Otha Foster is a former Marine too. And if he, nor you have a problem with it. Why should thoughs it doesn’t affect? For example, like that moron.

      • First, thank you for your service.

        Second, thank you for your comments. The false equivalency between honouring men and women who serve (or have served) and being unable to respectfully draw attention to social injustice has become very tiresome.

        Thrid, Trumps is a real SOB.

  3. Lol. Yeah, they’re standing Rednorth. So I guess this means you’ll CHEER for the Riders when they come?

  4. Prove Me Wrong // September 24, 2017 at 6:55 pm //

    I think CFL players should keep out of US politics while wearing our flag on their helmet. They have the option of tweeting or whatever they want while not in uniform.

  5. Red/North you fricking blind dunce.Can you not see the pic supplied.

  6. Glad they lost. Serves them right! lol

  7. You’re either part of the solution or you are the problem. You really think US politics do not effect Canada? Our dollar is tied to them along with our economy. We have family and friends that live south just as those players and coaches do. Get your head out of the sand! These players did not protest our flag! The stood in support of racism everywhere! Don’t think North Korean missiles stop because of a border if Trump causes a war we will all suffer.

    • Prove Me Wrong // September 24, 2017 at 7:09 pm //

      Actually, meddling in the sovereign affairs of another nation is illegal. Unless your Russian.

    • You snowflake libturds are feed a steady diet of brain-washing 101. Starts at the university level. You are the kind that loot and riot after you don’t get your way or have a silly little protest to protray your “victimized” status and propaghnada over and over again. Don’t see that you raised points against the “rocketman” in North Korea in your incoherent rant? I bet you are the same kind of libtard that is in full favour of illegal immigration but proably wouldn’t thank a vet to save your sorry white ass! LOL!

      • Prove Me Wrong // September 24, 2017 at 7:56 pm //

        You should sit down and be quiet. You sound like a simpleminded “Murican. This is Canada. Take note. Oh, I am a vet, so again, let the grown ups talk here.

        • kaptain beyond // September 25, 2017 at 2:16 am //

          wow, bitter harperites are still so angry. your time is gone, past. never again a CONservative gov’t in our Canada.

  8. I am SO EFFING proud of these guys! Thank you! I will also stand in solidarity, ALWAYS. #taketheknee

  9. When it’s taking a stand against racial prejudice and a racist piece of shit like Donald Trump! I’ll fully support and thank the Riders players for doing that!!

  10. I’m a Tiger-Cat fan and CFL fan, but I don’t want your political nonsense in Canada.
    This country has led the way in racial harmony, so if you are unhappy here there are lots of border crossing to get you back home.
    Oh, and by the way I’d like to congratulate all those fine young men for their new shoes after Harvey.

  11. crazydrumlady // September 24, 2017 at 7:53 pm //

    Way to go, Riders!

  12. Dundas dude // September 24, 2017 at 8:32 pm //

    God Bless Canada. God Bless the USA. Partisan politics (especially partisan foreign politics) has no place in the CFL. Good game today other than the disrespectful behaviour shown to Canada by the Rider players during the anthem.

  13. Great classy act by the Rider players to show solidarity for the cause and respect for the anthem.

  14. Kaptain beyond // September 24, 2017 at 8:45 pm //

    Unfortunately football attracts a lot of trumpites as fans, even here in canada.

  15. Kaptain beyond // September 24, 2017 at 8:46 pm //

    anybody who complains about the riders behaviour is a scoundrel.

  16. Kaptain beyond // September 24, 2017 at 8:47 pm //

    Anthems need not be part of the game anymore anyway. What for? Its bogus.

  17. Kaptain beyond // September 24, 2017 at 8:49 pm //

    Anthems need not be part of the game anymore anyway. What for? Pointless.

    • Prove Me Wrong // September 24, 2017 at 10:16 pm //

      You are kidding right. Playing the national anthem, in ANY sport, is important. You are not a real fan.

      • Perfectly said! And should be sung in elementary schools so kids, including immigrants, learn the words.

        • Kaptain beyond // September 25, 2017 at 12:12 am //

          Haha not a real fan? anthems have F/A to do with sporting matches. As do military appreciation nights. Bogus.

          • Kaptain beyond // September 25, 2017 at 12:16 am //

            Immigrants? Wow doesn’t take much for bigot rightwing harperites to start whining their puny minded hatred and intolerance. Unfortunately football and sports in general attracts the dumbass element.

          • Kaptain beyond // September 25, 2017 at 12:17 am //

            Immigrants? Wow doesn’t take much for bigot rightwing harperites to start whining their puny minded hatred and intolerance.

          • I guess the dumbass element is where you come in.

  18. Anthems were originally played to quiet down rowdy audiences before games and other events. Respect for the anthem is like Mom’s apple pie, but what is disrespectful about players, owners, and coaching staffs peacefully kneeling in protest to make their voices heard if the choose to? I am in solidarity with them.

  19. Kaptain beyond // September 25, 2017 at 12:21 am //

    Anyways doesn’t matter if ignorant fans whine about what the NFL players or the riders are doing cuz they’re gonna do it anyway. cuz its the right thing to do.

  20. kaptain beyond // September 25, 2017 at 2:19 am //

    Keep the politics out of sport, you say? Then stop militarizing the game production, from the anthem to the giant flags to the marching units from the various services.
    -Jack Todd Montreal Gazette

  21. LAME….why not just scram….”me too”…..”me too”…..does the C in CFL stand for controversial football league? Seems like the CFL goes out of its way to get in on anything political of late?
    Concentrate on producing a more professional product on the field (refs)….and getting butts in the seats.
    I can’t go to work and shoot my mouth off about this and that……why do football players have this privilege?

  22. Trump is a traitor to the Constitution of the United States of America. Anyone who thinks that Trump is right should be hung for treason. There are lots of racist copycats in Canada. You know who you are.

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