NFL's protests are a slap in the face

NFL's protests are a slap in the face

The New Orleans Saints also knelt prior to the anthem ahead of their clash with the Miami Dolphins at Wembley in what quarterback Drew Brees called "a way to show respect to all".

Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills all took a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner nine days after Trump said that those who fail to stand for the anthem should be "fired".

But that did not mean that the network would not continue to be on the lookout for any newsworthy item related to the growing anti-racism protest movement in the country.

Some DC-area leaders are kneeling in solidarity and fighting for players' rights.

That gesture was repeated by other teams including the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens who's act was booed by many. Dozens of Chargers linked arms, just as they did last week. I have done this out of respect for my country and I have shown the same respect for the foreign national anthems played in my presence.

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As the national anthem played in football stadiums across the country September 24, NFL players displayed solidarity and brotherhood on the sidelines unlike any team huddle.

The NFL rejected the president's remarks as not factual.

Taking time away from a Twitter rant against criticism of the federal response to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico, he tweeted: 'Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem.

The Titans' Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard, Brian Orakpo and DaQuan Jones raised a fist while Tennessee wide receiver Rishard Matthews was not on the field for the anthem.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross supported his players who chose to kneel a year ago and said this week he will continue to do so this season.

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Some players joined hands instead; even some National Football League owners, many who donated millions to Trump's campaign, stood with those players, linking arms in solidarity. More than 100 National Football League players sat, knelt or raised their fists during the Star Spangled Banner in Week 3 of the National Football League season.

Angered by Mr Trump's comments over the weekend, dozens of players followed Mr Kaepernick's example.

"We have a rule that requires our players to stand for the anthem", Silver said. "And I think it's disgraceful", he said, without elaborating.

"Now more than ever we must find solutions that unite and don't divide us.Regarding the issues of social injustice, I stand ready to offer our organizations, our players, and our community meaningful support and resources to move from protest to solution".

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