After a couple of quiet days on the waiver wire, it was announced on Saturday that veteran forward J.T. Brown has been placed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The 27-year-old winger is known for having been the first player to raise his right fist during the playing of the national anthem before the team's first road game of the season at the start of the year. He had then revealed that he had received death threats and racist remarks on Twitter after raising his fist during the American anthem.
Brown had clearly explained that his gesture was not about disrespecting the military, nor was it about protesting the United States’ flag. “It is about police brutality, racial injustice, and inequality in this country,” Brown wrote on his social media account. “It is something that I as well as many others feel needs to be addressed. I love my country, but that doesn’t mean I cannot acknowledge that it is not perfect. In my life, I have been through more than my fair share of racism both on and off the ice. There comes a time when you cannot remain silent, hoping and wishing for change. It takes much more.”
In 24 games this season with Tampa Bay, Brown has tallied just one goal and four points.
His ice time had recently been limited, as he has been slotting in and out of the lineup for a while. However, Brown brings energy to the ice and another team might be interested to add it to their roster.