Colts TE Dwayne Allen explains unselfish reason for kneeling toward end of anthem

Indianapolis Colts’ Dwayne Allen (83) runs during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (Photo: AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The Colts shared a video of tight end Dwayne Allen, who’s currently out with an injured right ankle, making a statement about why he kneels during the national anthem on Tuesday night.

In it, Allen says that he has received a lot of nasty tweets since NBC noted that he was the only Colts player to kneel during the anthem on Sunday, so this is meant to allow him to explain where he’s coming from.

Allen says:

“I wanted to take the time to clear up something that was misreported by NBC. For every game of my career, I have taken a knee towards the end of our anthem to say a prayer for every man that steps foot on that field. Because of recent events, I have to stand here and explain to you why I’m kneeling on the field.

“After reviewing some of the comments, over the social media platforms, I realize…

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