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LEHNER SAYS WEARING TRUMP STICKER ON MASK WAS A MISTAKE, ADDRESSES KNEELING FOR ANTHEMS

Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner was one of four people to kneel for both anthems before the start of Sunday's game between Vegas and the Dallas Stars. The 29-year-old joined his teammate Ryan Reaves, as well as Dallas' Tyler Seguin and and Jason Dickinson. Lehner was a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump during the 2016 election, even wearing a Trump sticker on the back of his mask while playing for the Buffalo Sabres. Trump has often spoken out against kneeling for the American anthem. Following Sunday's game, Lehner told reporters he has had a change of heart.

“I made a mistake once, putting the Trump sticker on my mask. It’s something I regret now, after seeing how divisive things have been. But at the end of the day, this is not politics, this is human rights. It’s not about politics.”

“At the end of the day, I love America," said the Swedish born netminder. "But, there are a bunch of things that need to be corrected,” he said. “I think they have the power to do so, it’s just a willingness to do something about it. It’s time for Whites to step into battle with our brothers and sisters and make some change. Stop just talking about it and actually do something.”

Reaves, who is black and holds both Canadian and American citizenship, had recently told a reporter that he had considered kneeling for the anthems before, but decided he didn't want to make his teammates uncomfortable. However, he felt now was the time.



“I want to start by saying that in no way am I trying to disrespect the flag or people who have fought for this country,” Reaves said after the game. “I have the utmost respect for people for everybody that’s gone over and fought and died. For the freedom of this country."

“But at the same time, those people go across seas, go to war, and families are torn apart in these wars for the freedom of this country, only to come back and find out this country isn’t free for everybody. I think that’s where I’m coming from.”

TIM TUCKER
AUGUST 4, 2020  (7H34)
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