Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown received death threats on social media for raising his right fist during the National Anthem before the Lightning played the Florida Panthers on Oct. 7.
Brown tweeted that his protest “is not and has never been about the military or disrespecting the flag,” reports ESPN:
It is about police brutality, racial injustice, and inequality in this country. It is something that I as well as many others feel needs to be addressed. I love my country, but that doesn’t mean I cannot acknowledge that it is not perfect…
We need to be able to listen to those with an opposing view and talk to one another if we want to learn, grow, and make change.