Bruce Cunningham

Ravens could have avoided negative fan reaction to pre-game kneel with an earlier heads-up

Ravens could have avoided negative fan reaction to pre-game kneel with an earlier heads-up

It’s understandable that some Ravens players were frustrated by the fan response when the team took a collective knee before Sunday’s game against the Steelers, and it’s also understandable why a large part of the crowd booed before they realized the team planned to stand back up for the national anthem.

That might not have happened if the team — both players and management -- had not been so coy about the plan to make a statement of unity after last week’s anthem protest in London sparked outrage among the Ravens’ fan base.

There were inquiries almost every day at the Ravens facility during the week leading up to the game, but the team chose to talk in non-specific terms...

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