Lightning wing J.T. Brown will no longer be raising his first as a silent protest during the national anthem.

But Brown, 27, one of about 30 black players in the NHL, plans to do more in the community to create awareness and understanding for key issues of police brutality and racial inequality. Brown made the announcement in a lengthy Twitter statement Wednesday afternoon.

"I understand this issue cannot be resolved overnight, nor can i do it alone" Brown said. "I am done raising my fist during the national anthem. I am now using this support, opportunity and platform to call out everyone who agreed or disagreed with me to help by sharing suggestions, continuing respectful conversations and looking for ways that they too can make a difference in the community."

On Oct. 7 in Sunrise, Brown became the first NHL player to peform a silent protest during the national anthem; he hasn't played since.