Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown raised his right fist during the playing of the national anthem before the team’s first road game of the season.
Delino DeShields Elite Jersey Brown, who was scratched for Tampa Bay’s season-opening win against Florida, remained standing throughout the anthem Saturday night. Brown, one of approximately 30 black players in the NHL, used the same protest before a preseason game against the Panthers last month.
Brown, 27, said in his statement that the racist remarks and death threats he has received on Twitter from people who disapprove of his method of protest prove why this topic must be talked about.
If they bounce back, the Sooners could become one of the more puzzling teams for the playoff selection committee. Oklahoma owns maybe the most impressive nonconference victory of any team in the country, having convincingly defeated ninth-ranked Ohio State 31-16 Week 2 in Columbus. Yet the 38-31 home loss to Iowa State won’t compare favorably to other one-loss contenders. It’s now the seventh year in a row that Oklahoma has dropped at least one game as a double-digit favorite.
This is still Oklahoma, Mayfield said. We’re still a top-15 team. And I guarantee you we’ll be on top toward the end.
To get there, the Sooners first will have to get past this weekend’s Red River Showdown, which will feature a pair of quarterbacks from the Austin area in Mayfield and Texas freshman Sam Ehlinger.
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Asked what he knew about Ehlinger, Mayfield sneaked in a jab while smiling: He went to Westlake, and he’s never beaten Lake Travis, Mayfield’s alma mater.
Lake Travis has a 10-game winning streak over Westlake. The high school rivals will meet Friday, the night before Oklahoma takes on Texas.