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03.09.2019 09:13
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ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Lewis believes sometimes people have to kneel before they can be heard so he supports NFL players who want to peacefully demonstrate against police brutality and social injustice.“There’s nothing wrong with kneeling ,” Lewis said Friday during a visit to his congressional district, which is hosting Super Bowl 53.“Before we marched from Selma to Montgomery, on March 7, 1965, we knelt. We prayed. Andy Young was the only person standing out of the 600 of us. We knelt, and when we said, ‘Amen,’ we stood and we started walking.“Sometimes you have to use the most simple means of engaging in peaceful, nonviolent protest.”Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick helped start a wave of demonstrations by kneeling during the national anthem to raise awareness to police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues.Entertainers for the Super Bowl halftime show have been getting criticized for aligning with the NFL. Maroon 5, the featured halftime show, canceled its news conference earlier this week to discuss the band’s performance. The NFL said “the artists will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday.”Lewis has a history of speaking out and the 78-year-old knows firsthand about police brutality.He was repeatedly beaten and jailed for protesting civil rights issues in the 1960s and had his skull fractured by Alabama state troopers.Lewis, who represents the U.S. congressional district that’s hosting the Super Bowl, has closely watched the national anthem dispute since Kaepernick Trysten Hill Jersey , a former quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, knelt two seasons ago during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest the murders of blacks in police custody.“I don’t see anything wrong with people engaging in peaceful, nonviolent protest, being able to kneel,” Lewis said. “I was looking at a photograph just a few days ago. In 1962, when I was 22 years old, I visited a little town called Cairo, Illinois where the Ohio River and the Mississippi River come together.“There was a recreation center, sponsored by the city, but young black people could not use it, and we had a kneel-in.”NFL owners tried last summer to implement a policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem if they’re on the field before the game, but they backed down after the league’s players association objected. Current league policy states that players “are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the national anthem. Personnel who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room.”Kaepernick was in the prime of his career when he opted out of his contract in hopes of getting a better, long-term deal with another team. He has been unable to find a job in the NFL since.Lewis is pleased that the Super Bowl has returned to Atlanta, the city that he considers the birthplace of American civil rights. He spent Friday morning touring different sites around town where 22 large murals now stand , some with his likeness.As he looked at a massive “Helping Hands” mural outside Woodruff Library at the Atlanta University Center, Lewis thanked artist Muhammad Yungai and said he hopes younger generations will be inspired to keep the civil rights movement alive.“I came here when I was 23 years old, in 1963, as head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and I’ve seen unbelievable changes,” he said. “People are moving to this city from all over the world. This city has been very good to America and been good to me.” NEW YORK — Two Indianapolis Colts were named to the Pro Bowl, but quarterback Andrew Luck was not among them.Tight end Eric Ebron and rookie guard Quenton Nelson will be on the AFC squad. But Luck, who has led the Colts into the playoff mix in a remarkable return from shoulder surgery that cost him all of last season, was not among the conference’s three quarterbacks.Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, the Chargers’ Philip Rivers and New England’s Tom Brady will represent the AFC under center.The Los Angeles Chargers placed seven players in the Pro Bowl, including safety Derwin James, one of six rookies across the league to make the game.James, a first-round draft choice, will be joined on the AFC squad by Rivers Tony Pollard Jersey , wide receiver Keenan Allen, running back Melvin Gordon, defensive end Melvin Ingram, center Mike Pouncey and special-teamer Adrian Phillips for the game, which will be played Jan. 27 in Orlando. James and Phillips are the only starters, though.Rivers is a backup to Mahomes, one of 29 first-time Pro Bowlers. That, of course, includes all the rookies: Nelson, James, Giants running back Saquon Barkley, Seahawks punter Michael Dickson, Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay and Cleveland cornerback Denzel Wads. Lindsay is an undrafted player.New Orleans, led by quarterback Drew Brees Noah Fant Jersey , Dallas and Chicago paced the NFC with five players each. Brees is the starter, backed up by Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and the Rams‘ Jared Goff.Buffalo, Oakland and Tampa Bay had no Pro Bowl selections.Pittsburgh and Kansas City each had six players chosen, including such first-timers as Steelers running back James Conner and Mahomes, both having breakthrough years.Cleveland has a first overall draft choice in the game — not Baker Mayfield, but 2017 top pick Myles Garrett at defensive end.“Football is a team game and you can’t do it on your own,” said Garrett, who leads the Browns with 12½ sacks. “I’m happy to be able to share this experience with Denzel because this honor is really a testament to our entire defense.”Among the perennial AFC choices returning to the game are Houston defensive end J.J. Watt, Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown, Baltimore guard Marshal Yanda and safety Eric Weddle, Cincinnati defensive tackle Geno Atkins and Denver linebacker Von Miller.For the NFC, frequent repeaters include Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones and center Alex Mack, Dallas tackle Tyron Smith, inside linebackers Luke Kuechly of Carolina and Bobby Wagner of Seattle , Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Bears linebacker Khalil Mack.One of the newcomers, Chicago defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, sounded overwhelmed by the honor.“I have played the game of football my entire life and this is the greatest accolade I’ve ever achieved,” he said.There will be a brother combination at center for the AFC as Maurkice Pouncey of Pittsburgh is the starter ahead of Mike Pouncey.The Jets, despite a 4-10 record, have three Pro Bowlers in safety Jamal Adams, kicker Jason Myers and return specialist Andre Roberts — all first-timers.Pro Bowl coaching staffs will be from the losing teams in the AFC and NFC divisional playoffs with the best regular-season records. Each player on the winning Pro Bowl team receives $67,000, while each player on the losing squad earns $34,000.100<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj Mehta

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