SUNRISE, Fla (AP) -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown raised his right fist during the playing of the national anthem Saturday before the team's first road game of the season.
The 27-year-old Brown, who was scratched for Tampa Bay's season-opening win against Florida, remained standing throughout the anthem Saturday night. Brown, one of approximately 30 black players in the NHL, used the same protest before a preseason game against the Panthers last month.
JT Brown goes fist up during the national anthem in Florida pic.twitter.com/n96r7DOKf0
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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem in the preseason a year ago to make a statement about social inequality and police treatment of blacks in the United States. Since then, the protest has spread to other sports.
Brown is the son of former NFL running back Ted Brown, who played eight seasons for the Minnesota Vikings.