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Sport Ravens admit protests during national anthem led to fan no-shows

20:38  22 december  2017
20:38  22 december  2017 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Ravens acknowledged in a letter to fans that the team's "one-time" protest during the national anthem has led to no - shows at home games.

Since August 2016, some American athletes have protested against police brutality and racism by kneeling during the U.S. national anthem .

a group of people performing on stage in front of a crowd: Ravens players kneel during national anthem© (Getty Images) Ravens players kneel during national anthem The Ravens are fighting for a playoff berth, yet fans aren't flocking to M&T Bank Stadium like in past seasons.

The franchise blames, in part, a "one-time" protest during the national anthem in Week 3 for the "noticeable" number of fan no-shows, Ravens president Dick Cass wrote in a letter to season-ticket holders and stakeholders.

"The numbers [of no-shows] are higher, and it is noticeable," Cass wrote in the letter obtained by ESPN.com. "There are a number of reasons for the no-shows, but surely the one-time protest in London has been a factor."

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The Baltimore Ravens are no longer in contention for the AFC North title, having 24, at least a dozen Ravens knelt in protest . The next week at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens prayed as a “We had the poor showing in London, complicated by the kneeling of a dozen players during the national anthem .

The Ravens ' first protest as a team occurred in London on Sept. 24, when more than a dozen players knelt during the national anthem before the first The following week in Baltimore, the Ravens knelt in prayer before standing for the anthem . Fans at M&T Bank Stadium booed the players when they

On Sept. 24, the Ravens and Jaguars kicked off Week 3 in London, the first NFL game after President Donald Trump condemned the NFL and its players' protests, saying the league's games are "boring" and it should "fire or suspend" players who protest during the national anthem.

More than a dozen Ravens players knelt during the national anthem that day and were greeted with boos from home fans the next week in Baltimore where additional players knelt in prayer before standing for the anthem.

"We have responded to your concerns about the protest by re-doubling the efforts of both the organization and our players to make the Baltimore area a better community," Cass wrote, adding he reached out to upset fans.

"In light of recent events, we are also reminded that winning alone is not always enough to make the Ravens the unifying force we want to be," the letter continued. "We don't take your support for granted, and we know that we must continue to earn your respect and investment in us."

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Ravens players, as well as former player Ray Lewis, second from right, kneel during the national anthem before a game against the Jaguars at “There are a number of reasons for the no - shows , but surely the one-time protest in London has been a factor.” 11 — could get more fans to show up.

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sat in protest during the national anthem before Sunday’s game with the 49ers. Ravens and Jaguars players lead protest in London and owners voice solidarity before president says his attack on protests over racial injustice has ‘nothing to do with race’.

The Ravens (8-6) finish the regular season with two home games (Colts, Bengals). Should the Ravens make the playoffs, they'll likely be the away team in the wild-card round.

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