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Ron Rivera opens up about national anthem protests, supports Black Lives Matter

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins hired Ron Rivera this offseason to reshape the team’s culture and build them into a winning team. On Wednesday, Rivera made it clear that part of his new approach will including support players who kneel during the national anthem.

Ron Rivera opens up about national anthem protests, expresses support for Black Lives Matter

Just days after running back Adrian Peterson revealed he will kneel during the national anthem for the upcoming season, Rivera made it clear he will support Peterson and any teammates that join him.

During a virtual meeting with reports, Washington’s new coach opened up about how his time with the Carolina Panthers influenced his decision. Specifically, talking to defensive back Eric Reid and learning about the meaning behind the protests during the anthem.

Not only will Washington’s locker room and sideline be a welcoming place for players who peacefully protest, it will also be supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement. Rivera, one of the NFL’s only thee minority head coaches entering the season, didn’t back down from his support of Black Lives Matter.

Rivera will also be receiving the full support of the organization in his effort to create positive change. The team plans to hold town halls around the city and owner Daniel Snyder is stepping up with a $250,000 donation.

It marks the latest in the NFL’s efforts to be part of massive change in the United States. Now with more than 1,000 athletes and coaching pushing for police reform and Roger Goodell admitting the league got it wrong regarding protests, the NFL seems to be fully joining the movement demanding change.