It appears that the National Anthem protest started by Colin Kaepernick might be spreading to the NHL. San Jose Sharks player Joel Ward, one of the few black players in the NHL, has dealt with plenty of racism and is considering kneeling for the Anthem to show his support for the fight against racial injustice.
When asked by Mercury news on if he would kneel for the Anthem, Ward gave this response:
“It’s definitely something I wouldn’t cross out. I’ve dealt with it a lot. I’ve had a few things that have happened to me that you could say are not the norm. I’ve been singled out at different events. I’ve been pulled over. I’ve dealt with racism right to my face.
“It’s just been part of life that you always have to deal with, so when people get into Kaepernick and some of these other guys, saying that they’re disrespecting the flag, it’s not about just that. It’s about creating awareness about what people, like myself, go through on a day-to-day basis, whether it’s going to the mall or whatever.”
Ward wears number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson and is a supporter of Colin Kaepernick and the Black Lives Matter movement. According to Mercury News, the veteran forward is glad that NFL players are giving a voice to the voiceless with the Anthem protests. The NHL season began this week, so we will find out soon what Joel Ward decides to do.