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Brown explains his protest stance

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown was the first to take a protest to the NHL on Saturday night. During the national anthem, he raised his fist.

Brown now says that he has no regrets about what happened.

J.T. Brown (Getty Images)

J.T. Brown (Getty Images)

“I know there’s going to be negative backlash,” Brown said to reporters after the game. “But, in my heart, I know I did what was right.”

Brown is the latest athlete, who is pushing an agenda, which was started by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick last season. He raised his fist during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to their game with the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.

“I wanted to do something to show my support, and there are some issues that we have to talk about,” Brown said. “In my mind, I’m just trying to bring a little more awareness, and any type of conversation that we can get started would be great.”

Brown reportedly spoke with his teammates about it. He insists that ‘his teammates understand why he chose to join a protest about racial injustice and police brutality.’

“We’ve talked about it,” he said. “They’ve made their statements as well. They support it. I’m not sure whether or not everyone fully agrees with it or not, but at the same time, they still support my decision, so it’s good.”

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