Lightning wing J.T. Brown didn't address the media today, deciding to stick to his lengthy Twitter statement from Sunday on his silent protest from Saturday. But Brown, 27, received support from players around the league and, more importantly, in the Lightning dressing room. Veteran wing Ryan Callahan spoke for the team. "The big thing is, we've got 25 different guys in here, everyone is going to have a different opinion, come from a different background and upbringing," Callahan said. "Whether we agree or disagree with what (Brown) is doing, as a team we support him. We support (Brown) on and off the ice. Our biggest thing is we've got his back." Brown said Sunday that he received racist comments and death threats on social media after deciding to raise his right fist during the anthem at Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Panthers in Sunrise. Brown, one of around 30 black players in the NHL, was the first player in the league to do a silent protest, in an attempt to raise awareness for racial inequality and police brutality.
Lightning teammates on J.T. Brown: 'We've got his back'
Tampa Bay Times | Oct 9