NFL Player Issues Call to Organize Following Goodell's Letter to Owners Addressing the National Anthem

Russell Okung, an offensive lineman for the Los Angeles Chargers, writes a letter to all NFL players encouraging them to organize in an effort to counter owners’ actions regarding national anthem protests.  After noting his opposition last season to Kaepernick’s protest, Okung wrote that he has come to realize that it “was a courageous, prophetic, self-sacrificial act that has captivated a nation and inspired a powerful movement”.  He went on to state “[a]s Kap’s message has now been distorted, co-opted and used to further divide us along the very racial lines he was highlighting, we as players have a responsibility to come together and respond collectively.”