Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said Friday he plans to take a knee during the national anthem before NFL games this fall.
Speaking at a food giveaway in Texas, Peterson told reporters that he was hurt by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer had his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. He recalled watching a video of Floyd’s death and having to explain the situation to his son.
Peterson said “without a doubt” when asked if he’d kneel during games this fall.
“We’re all getting ready to take a knee together,” Peterson said.
The Redskins have not made a public statement on Floyd’s death, as other teams have. But a number of players — including Peterson — have spoken out. Rookie defensive end Chase Young participated in a video featuring NFL stars like Saquon Barkley and Patrick Mahomes that called for the league to take a bolder stand against police brutality and support the Black Lives Matter movement.
On Friday afternoon, Peterson and Houston Astros star Alex Bregman handed out food to help families in need. During the event, Peterson also weighed in on his former teammate Drew Brees, who apologized this week for saying he’d “never agree” with someone who would kneel during the national anthem.
Peterson and Brees played together when Peterson was a member of the New Orleans Saints in 2017.
“He’s not a racist at all, and I have a lot of love for him, but I think this was a situation where he should have thought it out more,” Peterson said. “He should have thought things out more and tried to look at things in a different view. I know he made the comment about what he thinks about his grandfather and his great-grandfather going to war … but we had great-grandparents that went to wars as well, but when they came back, they still weren’t able to vote. We just didn’t have the same rights.”
#NFL great Adrian Peterson asked if he will take a knee at games this fall: “Without a doubt.” Adds “We’re all getting ready to take a knee together.”— Greg Bailey (@GregBailey13) June 5, 2020
.@Redskins RB @AdrianPeterson on what he hopes can come from the tragedy that took George Floyd’s life: “The real results come once that jury decides the fate of those gentlemen” #GeorgeFloyd#BlackLivesMatterpic.twitter.com/iS9jx98Mib— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) June 5, 2020
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