NFL Players Lock Arms, Kneel During National Anthem to Protest Trump

NFL Players Lock Arms, Kneel During National Anthem to Protest Trump”

Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, who also owns Championship side Fulham, joined his players in locking arms on the field during the anthem, before the Jaguars won 44-7 over the Ravens.

Trump on Friday called on NFL owners to fire players who kneel, rather than stand, during the national anthem.

The Pittsburgh Steelers stayed in the locker room during the national anthem prior to Sunday's game, just days after comments made by President Trump.

Last year, quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt for the anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality.

The comments received widespread condemnation from the National Football League, including a public statement from its commissioner, Roger Goodell.

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.

"Our team and the National Football League reflects our nation, with diversity coming in many forms - race, faith, our views and our goals", he said. "While many of them are concerned about those issues, and rightfully so, part of what we saw yesterday was a direct response to the president's comments".

As for young Michael, he wrote a letter titled "Why everyone should stand for our national anthem", and now he says he's not watching any games as a protest of his own.

The protest is part of a bitter war of words between the President and United States sports teams, which sparked a flurry of angry tweets over the weekend, even urging fans to boycott games in response to players' defiance.

Benjamin Watson of the Baltimore Ravens breaks through Donald Payne of the Jacksonville Jaguars as he scores a touchdown during the NFL International Series match between Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on September 24, 2017 in London, England.

Without naming Kaepernick, Trump aimed a Friday talk at a Huntsville, Alabama, rally at those players who have knelt for the anthem.

- Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 24, 2017If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. "League should back USA". He became a free agent and has not been signed by a new team for this season.

"Based on the conversations I had yesterday with players, team officials, agents, everybody. you're going to see mass protests on the sideline", Garafolo said.

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