Unlike their counterparts in other sports, NHL players have opted not to kneel in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement during their return to the ice this week.
Some hockey fans are responding on social media with pictures of themselves kneeling at home after NHL players drew support from Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump. They used the hashtag #Kneel4Hockey to voice their perspective.
There have been protests across the U.S. in recent months against police brutality and racial inequality, after George Floyd died while in police custody in Minneapolis. While NHL players didn’t kneel, some did link arms during the anthem.
Here is a collection of Twitter posts from kneeling hockey fans:
I kneel because everytime I walk into an arena as a queer black woman I know I’m taking a risk. Because I never feel safe wearing a jersey in public without facing assault. Because black women and men in this sport face racism every day. Let’s change the culture. #Kneel4Hockey pic.twitter.com/bWpyq5wfcj
— Karissa Kosman ➡️ BLM (@k2_cosplay) July 31, 2020