The Jets had two veteran player representatives -- inside linebacker Demario Davis and left tackle Kelvin Beachum -- at the closed-doors meeting earlier this month between players and NFL owners, where the league-wide national anthem protests were discussed. And Davis had a prominent voice in that room, according to an excellent ESPN The Magazine story written by Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. Here are a couple Davis-related passages from that story (which is worth checking out): The players said that they felt the owners -- as a collective more than the small group in the room -- were being duplicitous; they were empathetic to their concerns behind closed doors but not publicly. Fans needed to hear from owners that players who knelt or raised fists were good men who loved their country, they argued. Messages of support couldn't be delivered only inside the locker rooms. Finally, New York Jets linebacker Demario Davis stood up in the center of the room and told owners: "I'm going to break it down for you guys. You guys aren't supporting us, and until you do, there's going to be an issue." Davis' message, and passion, seemed to relieve the tension. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank later told Davis that he'd "missed his calling" as a great public speaker.
How Jets' Demario Davis stood up to owners at NFL anthem protest meeting
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