Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown created a media and social media frenzy when he became the first NHL player to participate in silent protest during the national anthem.
So much so, that Brown was bombarded with racial slurs and death threats on Twitter in the following 24hrs.
Now a second NHLer is considering following suit, and he also mentioned that he already has the full support of his teammates.
"A good amount of guys read the article and said, 'Hey, if you want to do something, we're here with you,'" Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly said, according to the Washington Post. "Same with the coaches. They said, 'If you want to do anything, we're here.' So, that felt good for me, a little less lonely. It felt good to know that my team has my back if I decide to do anything. ... If I feel like that's the right thing to do, I definitely would do that. I wouldn't be afraid to stand up if I felt that was the correct thing to do. As of this moment, I'm not sure, but it's crossed my mind for sure."
Like Brown, if Smith-Pelly were to do it, he wants to make sure everybody knows he's not opposing the American flag or military but raising awareness to social issues in the country.
"He made sure to make the point that it's not disrespecting the flag and making sure everyone knew his stance and making sure the point stayed the point rather than people straying away from what it really is," Smith-Pelly said of Brown. "I thought he did a great job. I reached out to him and told him I loved what he did. I'm glad he did it."