Forward J.T. Brown has gone from a being a Bolt to a Duck.
The Anaheim Ducks claimed Brown on Sunday after the Tampa Bay Lightning placed him on waivers Saturday.
Brown became the only National Hockey League player to conduct a silent protest during the playing of the U.S. national anthem to draw attention to racial inequities and police brutality in America.
He raised his fist skyward during the Star Spangled Banner before an Oct. 7 game between the Lightning and Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.
Brown received death threats for the gesture, which he discontinued after the first time. But the threats didn’t quell his community activism. He worked with the Tampa Police Department, going on ride-alongs with officers.
Before the 2017-18 season began, Brown donated $1,500 to help pay for the removal of a Confederate monument from Tampa’s downtown courthouse.
Brown had only 1 goal and 3 assists for the Lightning and appeared in only 24 of the team’s first 44 games this season.
— Jt brownov (@JTBrown23) January 14, 2018
Brown has no hard feeling over being waived. He thanked the organization and Tampa Bay hockey fans in a lengthy tweet on Sunday.
“I’m excited for this opportunity and the next chapter of my career. Let’s go Ducks!” he tweeted.
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