J.T. Brown, a forward for the Tampa Bay Lightning professional hockey team, has been getting death threats after he raised his fist during the national anthem at a game this past weekend.
Via ESPN, Brown this week posted a message on his Twitter page talking about the threats and racist abuse that he’s received while raising his fist during the national anthem as a protest against police violence.
“This is not, and has never been, about the military or disrespecting the flag,” Brown said of his decision to protest. “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.”
Brown went on to say that the angry threats that he has received for raising his hand during the anthem will not deter him from speaking out on these issues in the future.
“I will continue to be active in the community, and make sure that we are continually striving for a more equal and inclusive environment,” he wrote in his conclusion.
Read the whole post below.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
-Martin Luther King Jr. pic.twitter.com/Ql2vEFwl5E
— JT Brown (@JTBrown23) October 8, 2017