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JT Brown Brings National Anthem Protests to the NHL

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev on the ice during hockey training camp in preparation for the 2017-2018 season in Brandon Friday morning JT Brown Brings National Anthem Protests to the NHL
Melissa Porter | 10 October, 2017, 06:37

"I wanted to do something to show my support", Brown said.

Lightning wing J.T. Brown didn't address the media today, deciding to stick to his lengthy Twitter statement from Sunday on his silent protest from Saturday. The decision to raise his fist, a tactic already utilized in the National Football League by the Philadelphia Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, came after he considered a kneeling protest - the same one popularized by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and condemned by President Donald Trump - as well as prayer and conversations with military personnel. "In my life, I have been through more than my fair share of racism both on and off the ice". Following the demonstration, Brown took to Twitter to defend his actions, as well as speak on the death threats he had received because of his protest. There comes a time where you can not remain silent, hoping and wishing for a change.

In his message, Brown noted that this is not about disrespecting the military, nor is it about protesting the United States' flag. "It takes much more".

J.T. Brown, the Minnesota-born son of a former Minnesota Vikings running back, who played his college hockey at the University of Minnesota Duluth, stood and raised his fist in silent protest during a regular season game between his team, the Tampa Bay Lightening, and the Florida Panthers. "We all see the world through our own eyes, but I hope that we can try to understand what others experience", Brown said.

"While making my decision, I prayed and asked for god to guide me and I spoke with my family". I know there's going to be negative backlash.

The goal in raising his fist, Brown added in his statement, is to raise awareness of "the real issues".

"I have received racist remarks and death threats because [people] disagree with me because how I chose to raise awareness", he continued.

Brown is also a man who is active outside of hockey as he gave $1500 of his money towards removing a Confederate statue in Tampa and mentoring at-risk kids in Tampa.

"We respect our players and individual choices they may make on social and political issues", the team said.