Jessica Sanchez, runner-up of American Idol's eleventh season, took a knee after she finished singing the National Anthem prior to Sunday's (Oct. 15) game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif.
Kneeling during the national anthem prior to NFL games started during the preseason in August 2016 when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began doing so in protest of police brutality and racial injustice. Though Kaepernick is now out of the league, kneeling (or locking arms, putting a fist in the air or not coming on the field) for the Anthem has since ballooned into a league-wide gesture that has drawn the ire of Pres. Trump. Last week, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a league-wide letter stating "we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem."