NFL Players Demonstrate During National Anthem After Trump Demands They Be Fired

Monday, 25 Sep, 2017

While players from the Jaguars and Ravens opted for taking a knee, standing with interlocking arms, or placing a hand on the shoulder of kneeling players, plenty of Twitter users were quick to hop in Lewis' mentions for joining in what is shaping up to be #TakeAKnee weekend in the NFL.

The Jaguars finished with 410 yards, easily outpacing their output in their first three games, and handed the Ravens (1-2) their worst defeat since November 9, 1997, when they lost 37-0 at Pittsburgh.

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti says he "100 percent" supports his players' decision to kneel during the national anthem ahead of Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley.

Indeed, the Steelers were not on the field for the anthem.

After the anthem played, Khan said it was an honor to stand with his team.

Mike Tomlin just told me @NFLonCBS #Steelers will NOT be participating in the #NationalAnthem today in CHI.

"We will continue to support our players' freedom to peacefully express themselves and the meaningful efforts they make to bring about positive change in our country", Kroenke said in a statement.

The Seahawks' opponents, the Tennessee Titans, also chose not to participate in the anthem. So we're not participating today. A better term might be "baggage", to borrow an overused term that dominated the offseason debate over barring players for their social activism.

As it relates to Kaepernick, the crux of "how he did it" was kneeling during the playing of the national anthem.

Also during that game, Lions anthem singer Rico LaVelle took a knee and raised a fist while singing. Less than five minutes into the second quarter, the Ravens had already given up 13 points, three more than they surrendered in their first two games combined.

An unrepentant Trump doubled down on his comments early on Sunday however, repeating his demand for players to be sacked and urging fans to boycott games if the protests continued.

With predictions of "potential mass protest Sunday along National Football League sidelines", here's what the two sides are thinking, based on my high-level conversations, texts and emails.

Protests during the anthem have remained a divisive issue, with some claiming the act is disrespectful to the flag and military.

More than 30 players knelt, the form of protest started last season by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

"Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country".

The Bears locked arms, meanwhile.

The United States code states that those not in military uniform should stand at attention with their right hand over their heart. Brady placed one hand on his chest and used the other to link arms with his teammates.

The back-and-forth between Trump and the National Football League began at a rally the president held in Alabama on Friday.

Mr Trump's war of words with protesting athletes began at an election rally in Alabama on Friday, where he urged team owners to deal with them by getting "that son of a bitch off the field right now", and "fire them".