Dwayne Allen gives impassioned response to anthem criticism

Colts tight end Dwayne Allen was the subject of some vitriol on Sunday night when NBC showed him kneeling at the end of the national anthem. Allen's kneeling was at first interpreted to be a protest of the anthem along the lines of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick but later reported to be a pregame prayer he regularly says before games.

Some fans on social media responded angrily to Allen's kneel before those reports surfaced though, something Allen felt the need to respond to on Tuesday.

After reviewing some of the comments over social media platforms, I realize sometimes a few will spoil the bunch, but it was a vast majority that were expressing words of hate, not love, not devotion, and not pride for our great nation.

Watch Allen's comments below:

Allen says he plans on continuing to kneel in the fashion shown on Sunday.

"What I want most is for this world to be a better place for everyone who lives in it," Allen said. "For this country to be a better America for everyone who lives in it. And for those reasons, I'll continue to kneel, and I'll continue to pray. I love this country. I love everyone who lives in it. Go Colts."

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