Tampa Bay Lightning's J.T. Brown raises fist during national anthem

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J.T. Brown #23 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates the win after the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Amalie Arena on March 30, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

SUNRISE, Fla. - Tampa Bay Lightning forward J.T. Brown raised his right fist during the playing of the national anthem before the team's first road game of the season.

The 27-year-old Brown, who was scratched for Tampa Bay's season-opening win against Florida, remained standing throughout the anthem Saturday night. Brown, one of approximately 30 black players in the NHL, used the same protest before a preseason game against the Panthers last month.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem in the preseason a year ago to make a statement about social inequality and police treatment of blacks in the United States. Since then, the protest has spread to other sports.

Brown is the son of former NFL running back Ted Brown, who played eight seasons for the Minnesota Vikings.

Brown later released this statement on social media:

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