N.F.L. Kicks Off Season With Nods to Unrest and Focus on Anthem

The N.F.L. opened its first weekend of the 2020 season on Sunday amid a pandemic with several players kneeling and taking other action during the pregame national anthem, fulfilling a pledge by many of them to use their positions to raise awareness of racial injustice.

Several teams, searching for a way to avoid controversy, stayed in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem and the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing,’’ known as the Black national anthem, which the N.F.L….

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