Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, however, said it was Trump’s comments that incited some players to kneel, including himself.
Personally, I think the comments made about my brothers who decided to protest and kneel is kind of what made us no longer be silent, Suggs said. We stand with our brothers. They have the right to protest. We knelt with them today. Non-violent protest is as American as it gets. We knelt with them today and let them know we are a unified front. There is no dividing us. I guess we’re all sons of b—-es.
Added teammate Mike Wallace: Sometimes when you feel things go to far, you have to make a statement. I felt strongly about it. … After yesterday, it went too far. I just felt strongly about it today. So I did what I did. I didn’t need anybody to tell me yes, no, whatever. That was just the way I felt.
I just can’t wait to get started on getting back, Smith told Bertsch.
Smith would drop 20 pounds from his 245-pound body and vomit from the effects of anesthesia. When he eventually got back on his feet and posted video of himself moving around, it was one of those That poor guy moments for his doubters.
He flunked some NFL physicals in February, but even then, Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly was convinced that Smith, who declared early for the draft, would be back to playing football. Kelly told coaches and general managers that, and some listened. Others didn’t. He sat in his office for an interview with ESPN.com in the winter of 2016, predicting that Smith would be a star in the NFL.