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The veteran discussed his thoughts on Twitter Wednesday:
Long has not personally kneeled during the national anthem, but he has shown support for the African American players who have taken part in protests. Last season, he put his arm around teammate Malcolm Jenkins, who would raise his fist during the national anthem.
As part of the rule changes, players are required to “show respect for the flag and the anthem” while on the field, but they have a choice to remain in the locker room instead. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Steelers owner Art Rooney believes that raising a fist or locking arms during the anthem would count as disrespect.