Panthers not among NFL teams protesting anthem

Posted at 12:46 PM, Sep 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-25 15:38:19-04

Despite calls to sit during the Star Spangled Banner, all 53 Carolina Panthers stood Sunday during the national as hundreds of protesters took to the streets outside of Bank of America Stadium. 

The Panthers and their opponents, the Minnesota Vikings, arrived without incident early Sunday morning under intense security measures. Meanwhile, hundreds of members of law enforcement stood watch outside of the stadium as fans filtered past the protesters.

The protests have continued since Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, just hours after police fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott. 

On Saturday, police officials released dashcam and body cam video from Tuesday's shooting. The video showed Scott exiting a vehicle with an object the Charlotte Police Department described as a gun in his hand. After several commands by police for him to drop the gun, several shots were fired, killing Scott. 

Scott's family claimed that he did not have a weapon, and was unfairly targeted by law enforcement. 

Some Charlotte residents called on Panthers star Cam Newton to sit during the anthem. Instead, Newton wore a shirt during pregame warmups quoting Martin Luther King Jr. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

While thousands stood for the national anthem inside Bank Of America Stadium, protesters kneeled and held a first in the air as the anthem played. 

The significance of sitting during the national anthem began last month when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not stand for the national anthem, citing police brutality against minorities. He has since been joined by dozens of other NFL players, and athletes from other sports. 

Since Kaepernick's protest began, a new wave of protests have been sparked by police-involved shootings in Columbus, Ohio, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Charlotte.