NFL Players Demonstrate During National Anthem After Trump Demands They Be Fired

Members of NFL side Cleveland Browns knelt during the national anthem

Members of NFL side Cleveland Browns knelt during the national anthem

The gesture comes in the wake of Trump's comments and tweets on protests during the anthem, in which he called on National Football League owners to fire players who decide to kneel during the anthem.

Trump has doubled down on the attacks, tweeting Sunday morning that players who take part in the protests are "disrespecting our Flag & Country" and renewing calls for a boycott.

"It was a privilege to stand on the sidelines with the Jacksonville Jaguars today for the playing of the USA national anthem at Wembley Stadium", Khan said in a statement.

Several players from both teams took a knee during the rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner as it was sang at Wembley Stadium while other players stood and locked arms in solidarity.

Last year, quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt for the anthem in protest against racial injustice and police brutality. Goodell said the president's comments showed an "unfortunate lack of respect for the National Football League".

Khan, who donated $1 million to President Donald Trump's inauguration festivities, criticized Trump's comments attacking earlier such protests in a statement, reports USA Today.

Linebackers Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and Za'Darius Smith, safety Tony Jefferson, wide receiver Mike Wallace, Lardarius Webb were among those who took a knee in protest of comments made by President Trump on Friday. If the opening game of Week 3 is any indication, it is likely to be a full day of protests by players following President Trump's controversial comments. Kraft said he supports his players' "right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner they feel is most impactful". The game will also be made available on the NFL Mobile app (NFL.com/mobile) to Verizon Wireless customers, and the NFL app on Xbox One and Windows 10.

Trump told a Republican rally in Alabama on Friday that the protests showed "disrespect of our heritage".

In Chicago, Trump's feud was the main topic of conversation at the South Loop Club sports bar.

The first game of N.F.L. "He should know better than anyone that to fire someone due to their opinion is not right". Since then, the Bills, Browns, Colts, Dolphins, 49ers, Patriots, Packers, Seahawks, and the head of the NFL Players' Association have issued statements denouncing Trump's comments.

No players were kneeling during the playing of the British national anthem. The issue grew when Trump withdrew an invitation to the White House for the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors, specifically pointing to star Steph Curry.

The 1 p.m. ET games also featured a number of protests and demonstrations of unity during the anthem.

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