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NFL players responded in full force Sunday after President Trump repeatedly called for swift punishment against those who chose to protest by not standing during the national anthem.
Demonstrations spread throughout the league as many players broke out of their routine by joining the protests or engaging in team-wide displays of unity. The Associated Press estimated 204 players elected to either kneel or sit during the anthem.
Several players from the Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons were among those who chose not to stand for the anthem. The Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins stood with arms locked, though some players from those teams chose to kneel.
Included in the group of players who protested: Julius Peppers, who did not to join his Carolina Panthers teammates on the sideline; LeSean McCoy, who stretched during the anthem before the Bills game; and Adrian Peterson, who was one of several Saints players to remain seat.
Sixteen Patriots players took a knee during the anthem. Quarterback Tom Brady stood and locked arms with teammates.
In Sunday's first game, several players from the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars either knelt or locked arms on their respective sidelines in solidarity during the national anthem at Wembley Stadium. Included among them was Jags owner Shahid Khan, who locked arms with tight end Mercedes Lewis and linebacker Telvin Smith.
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Multiple Houston Texans players wanted to leave Friday's practice after owner Bob McNair referred to players protesting during the national anthem as, "inmates running the prison." Time_Sports
Houston Texans owner Bob McNair has apologized for referring to NFL player protests as "inmates running the prison" in a recent meeting with other NFL owners. Time_Sports
After Dallas picked up a 40-10 win over the 49ers Sunday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the NFL is being damaged by protests against police brutality and racial injustice that happen during the national anthem. Time_Sports
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made a statement to the media saying, "we believe everyone should stand for the national anthem." USA TODAY
Tommie Smith and John Carlos made history in October 1968 with their iconic bowed heads and raised fists during the national anthem. Video provided by Newsy Newslook
Roger Goodell, NFL owners, and players met for two days in New York to discuss how to get from protest to progress. USA TODAY Sports
Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is pursuing a collusion grievance against the NFL under the CBA, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports and Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. Time_Sports
President Trump slammed the The NFL’s decision to keep allowing players to kneel during the National Anthem. Buzz60
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The MMQB's Robert Klemko reacts to Roger Goodell's call to NFL players to stand for the national anthem and breaks down the association between the league and President Donald Trump. Time
Protestors gathered outside of a meeting between the NFL's owners, players and union leaders to discuss the national anthem protests. Time_Sports
Colin Kaepernick has filed a collusion grievance against NFL owners, and will have to prove at last 14 teams have conspired to keep him out of the league. USA TODAY Sports
UFC commissioner Dana White shares thoughts on the NFL anthem demonstrations and whether he would play the national anthem before UFC events if President Donald Trump requested it. Time_Sports
Mike Sullivan, the coach of the Stanley Cup winning Pittsburgh Penguins, insisted his team's visit to the White House Tuesday was 'not political,' adding that he wouldn't mind if one of his players took a knee during the national anthem. (Oct. 10) AP
In Empty the Notebook, the MMQB's Albert Breer discusses the meaning behind Roger Goodell's letter to NFL teams in regards to the national anthem protests by players around the league. Time_Sports
Rev. Al Sharpton explains why Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' decision to make players stand for the national anthem "smacks of a plantation mentality." USA TODAY Sports
President Donald Trump continued his almost daily social media commentary on the National Football League and the issue of player protests implying that NFL Commissioner is demanding that players stand for the anthem. Time
SI legal analyst Michael McCann gives his thoughts on Jerry Jones' national anthem ultimatum and shares whether NFL players could take legal action if they are benched for protesting during the anthem. Time_Sports
Vice President Mike Pence left Sunday's Colts, 49ers game after roughly 20 players knelt during the national anthem on the 49ers' sideline. Time_Sports
The Nation sports editor Dave Zirin believes that public opinion on NFL player protests are shifting. Time
The Nation sports editor Dave Zirin wonders if Adam Silver will punish NBA players if they decide to protest during the national anthem. Time_Sports
Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reacts to NBA commissioner Adam Silver's comments on athlete protests during the national anthem and shares what players should do in response. Time_Sports
Lions owner Martha Ford asked her players not to kneel during the national anthem before the team's game against the Vikings on Sunday. In exchange for not kneeling, Ford told players she would donate money to causes they care about in the community. Time
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch wore a "everybody vs Trump" t-shirt prior to Sunday's game against the Broncos, and sat during the national anthem. Time_Sports
Kneeling national anthem protest continues in London as the Miami Dolphins play the New Orleans Saints. Video provided by Reuters Newslook
The three NFL teams that chose to stay in the locker room and did not participate in the national anthem will not be disciplined, a league spokesman said. Time
After President Trump said players who kneel during the anthem should lose their jobs, over 200 players and several owners demonstrated in various ways Sunday. Time Sports
A large group of Patriots players, including cornerback's Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore, knelt during the national anthem prior to Sunday's game against the Texans. Tom Brady was seen locking arms with teammate Phillip Dorsett. Time
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue calls Donald Trump's comments on NFL protests 'insulting and disgraceful'. Time
Several members of the New Orleans Saints did not stand during the national anthem prior to Sunday's game against the Panthers. Time_Sports
Jaguars owner Shad Khan, a one-time Trump supporter, responds to Trump's comments, and his team protesting during the national anthem. Time
Music legend Stevie Wonder bent both knees while onstage Saturday at Global Citizen Festival in New York.
After Donald Trump said NFL players should be fired for kneeling during the national anthem, NFL players, owners and coaches condemned Trump's comments. USA TODAY Sports
The NFL world reacted to President Trump's comments about players protesting the national anthem. Time
While in Huntsville, Alabama, President Trump said, 'Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'get that son-of-a-b**** off the field right now, out. He's fired.'' USA TODAY
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Khan was one of seven owners to donate $1 million to President Donald Trump’s inauguration festivities. Also kneeling with Baltimore was former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.
Owners Stephen Ross (Dolphins), Martha Ford (Lions), Jeffrey Lurie (Eagles), Christopher Johnson (Jets) and Dean Spanos (Chargers) also joined their respective teams during the anthem.
The Pittsburgh Steelers chose not to have players on the sideline during the anthem before a game against the Chicago Bears. The Seattle Seahawks and Tennesssee Titans followed suit in their game later in the afternoon.
A league executive told USA TODAY Sports that although players are required to be present for the national anthem, no fines would be handed down for those who were absent.
"We're not going to play politics. We're football players, we're football coaches," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "We're not participating in the anthem today - not to be disrespectful to the anthem, but to remove ourselves from the circumstance.
"People shouldn't have to choose. If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn't be forced to choose sides. If a guy feels the need to do something, he shouldn't be separated from his teammate who chooses not to."
Multiple members of the Dolphins wore shirts that read "#IMWITHKAP," referencing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, before their game against the New York Jets. Kaepernick, who began the protests last year by choosing not to stand during the anthem and remains a free agent, said he wanted to speak out against racial injustice and police brutality.
At a rally on Friday in Alabama, Trump said, "Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b---- off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired!"
Following the protests on Sunday, Trump backed the displays of unity but once again spoke out against those who chose to kneel.
Earlier on Sunday he said, "If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend! …NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S."
Players, commissioners and owners from multiple sports lashed out against the President over the weekend. The issue grew when Trump withdrew an invitation to the White House for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, specifically pointing to star Steph Curry. Later, the college basketball national champion North Carolina Tar Heels said they would not visit the White House, citing scheduling conflicts.
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