Following news that the NFL’s one-game suspension for Andrew Sendejo was upheld, Minnesota Vikings teammates sported clothing supporting the safety.
As previously reported, the National Football League handed down a one-game suspension to Minnesota Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo for a hit on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace in Week 7.
Immediately following news of the suspension, it was reported that Sendejo would appeal the decision. The results of that appeal were not in favor of the Vikings safety, and the one-game suspension was upheld by the NFL.
Now, Minnesota will be without starting safety Andrew Sendejo for one week, but that doesn’t mean that he, his teammates, or the franchise have to like it. In fact, several teammates have already come out in support of Sendejo, sporting shirts with a hashtag.
During interviews, Harrison Smith wore a homemade shirt that gets the point across, and that really got the ball rolling.
But he was far from the only one who was not pleased by the decision. Cornerback Terence Newman was vocal about his disagreeing with the NFL’s decision.
Even members of the Vikings offense got in on the #FreeDejo movement. Running back Latavius Murray and wide receiver Stefon Diggs posed with linebacker Anthony Barr and cornerback Xavier Rhodes on Murray’s SnapChat account.
It’s not just Vikings players getting in on the act either. Fans have started using the hashtag as well, adding photos of shirts or items with #FreeDejo written on them. Here are some examples:
Of course, the #FreeDejo movement is still being used in several forms of social media, but it is very likely that absolutely nothing will come from it. Still, being able to voice displeasure about Sendejo’s suspension will help fans get over the loss of the safety in Week 8.
Andrew Sendejo will miss the Minnesota Vikings Week 8 game against the Cleveland Browns but will be eligible to return after the bye week in Week 10 when the team plays the Washington Redskins.