NFL Protests National Anthem After Trump Comments: Here’s What Each Team Did

The NFL protests the United States National Anthem following remarks from Donald Trump on Friday, September 22nd in Huntsville, Alabama.

Donald Trumps states, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners — when somebody disrespects our flag — to say, ‘Get that son of a b*tch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!” Trump continued on the topic on Saturday via Twitter:

The NFL’s response began Sunday morning in London as Baltimore Ravens took on Jacksonville Jaguars. Protest continued throughout the day.  Here is the low-down.

Baltimore Ravens/Jacksonville Jaguars

Some players knelt while others stood locking arms in solidarity.

Cleveland Browns/Indianapolis Colts

The Browns and Colts were met with reported boos as each team had players kneeling or locking arms.

New York Giants/Philadelphia Eagles

At least three Giants players knelt down (reportedly the first ever) while the rest stood locking arms. All of the Eagles locked arms in unity.

Miami Dolphins/New York Jets

As with many other teams, Dolphins players either knelt or locked arm, but several players also wore t-shirts stating “#IMWITHKAP” referring to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the anthem last season that sparked uproar. Jets players locked arms in unison, including acting owner Christopher Johnson, brother of Woody Johnson who was appointed by Donald Trump to be the U.S. ambassador to the U.K.

Denver Broncos/Buffalo Bills

Broncos defensive linebacker, Derek Wolfe did not protest the national anthem.  He stood proudly at attention, hand over heart, while nearly half of his team took a knee. Others stood, but raised their fists. The Bills were met with boos as they walked onto the field together, locking arms. Some players did kneel, while running back LeSean McCoy chose to stretch on the field during the anthem.

New Orleans Saints/Carolina Panthers

Some Saints players stood at attention while some opted out of the anthem all together by choosing to sit on the bench. Quarterback Drew Brees admits to not agreeing with Donald Trump’s comments, but did not take part in the protest. Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers stayed in locker room during the anthem. The rest of the Panthers did not protest.

Pittsburgh Steelers/Chicago Bears

Every Steeler remained in the locker room during the National Anthem except for left tackle Alejandro Villanueva who proudly served the U.S. in Afghanistan.  He was seen standing with his hand over his heart by Steelers tunnel. Bears were present during the anthem and choose to lock arms in unity.

Atlanta Falcons/Detriot Lions

Singer, Rico LaVelle knelt after belting out the National Anthem along with several Lions and Falcons players. The rest of the teams players locked arms together.

Minnesota Vikings/Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Vikings did lock arms, but no player took a knee.  At least two Buccaneers did, though.

Houston Texans/New England Patriots

The Texans chose to stand in unity together without kneeling. The Patriots did have kneeling players which sparked concern and outrage from Matt Light, offensive tackle.  He told the Boston Herald, “It’s the first time I’ve ever been ashamed to be a Patriot. And I promise you I’m not the only one.” Many fans showed there disappointment by booing.

Seattle Seahawks/Tennessee Titans

Each team stayed in the locker room during the singing of the national anthem. Anthem singer, Meghan Linsey and the guitarist took a knee after their performance.

Cincinnati Bengals/Green Bay Packers

Bengals united by locking arms. At least three Packers players chose to sit on the bench during the anthem.

Kansas City Chiefs/Los Angeles Chargers

Both teams displayed mixed reactions to the national anthem.  Some took a knee, some stood in unity, and some player sat.

Oakland Raiders/Washington Redskins

Nearly the entire Raiders team knelt or sat during the national anthem, making their demonstration arguably one of the most visually strong of the day. Redskins players either took a knee or stood in unison. Booing could be heard from fans.

Trump continues to respond throughout the day.

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