Bolts’ Brown stages protest

Sunday Sports - - SPORTS - — Post­media Net­work wires

Tampa Bay Light­ning for­ward J.T. Brown raised his right fist dur­ing the play­ing of the U.S. na­tional an­them be­fore the team’s first road game of the sea­son.

The 27-year-old Brown, who was scratched for Tampa Bay’s sea­son-open­ing win against Florida, re­mained stand­ing through­out the an­them Satur­day night. Brown, one of ap­prox­i­mately 30 black play­ers in the NHL, used the same protest be­fore a pre-sea­son game against the Pan­thers last month.

For­mer San Fran­cisco 49ers quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick began kneel­ing dur­ing the U.S. an­them in the pre-sea­son a year ago to make a state­ment about so­cial in­equal­ity and po­lice treat­ment of blacks in the United States. Since then, the protest has spread to other sports.

Brown is the son of for­mer NFL run­ning back Ted Brown, who played eight sea­sons for the Min­nesota Vik­ings.

PALMIERI EX­ITS EARLY

New Jersey Devils for­ward Kyle Palmieri suf­fered a lower body in­jury yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing kneed by Colorado Avalanche de­fence­man Erik John­son along the boards.

“It’s just un­for­tu­nate,” John­son said. “I know Palms from play­ing at the World Cup. I hope he is OK. I just went to hit him and never changed my course. I haven’t seen the re­play.”

WILFREDO LEE/AP

Tampa Bay Light­ning right winger J.T. Brown raises a fist dur­ing the play­ing of the U.S. na­tional an­them last night.

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