One day after President Donald Trump condemned NFL players and coaches for not respecting the National Anthem, more players took a knee than ever before. Every team that has played so far has reacted to his ignorant and divisive comments in some way. Check out how your favorite team is taking a stand against POTUS below.
It started Sunday morning with the Minnesota Vikings locking arms with their team’s owner and kneeling and continued with the games that started this afternoon.
Eight Lions players, including running back Ameer Abdullah, linebacker Tahir Whitehead and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson, took a knee for the anthem along with Rico LaVelle, who sang the National Anthem and took a knee and raised a fist as the song ended.
Team owner Martha Firestone Ford locked arms with head coach Jim Caldwell, too.
Ford also released this statement:
Tom Brady, noted supporter of Trump — who recently said that Kaepernick deserves a spot on a roster—locked arms with his teammates prior to the New England Patriots game against the Texans.
Brady also posted this on Instagram before the Patriots game this afternoon.
Robert Kraft, who’s been a proponent of Trump and his policies says that he was “deeply disappointed by his remarks” and his supports Pats players to raise awareness of inequality anyway they see fit.
“Plenty of Buffalo Bills players united and took a knee— including Marcell Dareus, Shaq Lawson, Ryan Davis, Lorenzo Alexander, Jordan Matthews, Shareece Wright, and Mike Tolbert among others.
While running back LeSean McCoy continued to do his stretches.
He also didn’t mince words in this Saturday morning tweet:
His teammate Mike Tolbert wore a “Everybody vs. Injustice” shirt during pregame warm ups.
Business tycoon and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank locked arms with some of his players and released the following statement regarding Trump’s response:
“We are at our very best when we are working together, building unity and including everyone’s voice in a constructive dialogue. Creating division or demonizing viewpoints that are different than our own accomplishes nothing positive and undermines our collective ability to achieve the ideals of our democracy. The NFL has historically been a strong catalyst for positive change and I’m proud of the way our players, coaches and staff use that platform to give back to our community and strive to be good citizens making a positive impact on this and future generations.”
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin took the resistance up a notch as his entire team stayed in the locker room during the National Anthem.
Except for Army vet and offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who stood near the tunnel during the anthem.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross stood by his players on Sunday — literally.
Before the Dolphins game even started, several players warmed up wearing ‘I’m with Kap’ shirts.
Here’s a closer look at the shirt:
Their opponents, the New York Jets, was joined by acting CEO Christopher Johnson as he stood with them in unison.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandon Coleman made a powerful statement on his own by raising his fist after scoring a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers.
Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tigliabue recognizes that he no longer speaks for the league and is a private citizen. And with that, he wholeheartedly disagrees with Trump
“So for me to single out any group of players and call them SOBs, to me that’s insulting and disgraceful. I think the players should get credit for what they do, and when it comes to speech, they’re entitled to speak,” his statement read in part.
Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas began to break down when asked about Trump’s “sons of bitches comment” when describing that his daughter will have to grow up in a world like this.
In 2016, then head coach Rex Ryan introduced then presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally in Buffalo, New York. Now, he regrets it.
“You know, calling our players SOBs and all that kind of stuff, that’s not the men that I know. The men that I know in the locker room I’m proud of. I’m proud to be associated with those people,” he said during Sunday NFL Countdown.
Raiders own Mark Davis asked his team a year ago to not protest in the black and chrome jerseys, but due to recent events, he’s changed his mind.
“The only thing I can ask them to do is do it with class. Do it with pride. Not only do we have to tell people there is something wrong, we have to come up with answers. That’s the challenge in front of us as Americans and human beings,” his statement reads.
And most of his team took a seat.
Most Washington Washington Football Team decided to stand, but they did lock arms with owner Dan Snyder. A number of the players that formed that wall of unity included Josh Norman. At least five Washington Football Team chose to take a knee: wide receivers Jamison Crowder, Josh Doctson and Brian Quick; tight ends Jordan Reed and Niles Paul.
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