Bolts’ Brown stages protest
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.”
Tampa Bay Lightning right winger J.T. Brown raises a fist during the playing of the U.S. national anthem last night.