The means of protest was started previous year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who said that he would not stand "to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color". Six players from the Buffalo Bills, three from the Miami Dolphins and two from the Detroit Lions protested.
Some fans of the franchise threatened to return season tickets if protests by players during the national anthem continues.
"I'm not against the military".
"We cannot continue to move forward as a community when we don't want to deal with the elephant in the room, which is racial inequality, injustice, and racism", Pastor Knighton said.
The players knelt last weekend in response to social injustice.
It's as simple as that. The entire Baltimore Ravens team also briefly took a knee before the anthem.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) kneels down with teammates before the US national anthem was played ahead of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 1, 2017. On Sept. 22, during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, Trump said National Football League owners should fire any "son of a b**ch" who knelt or sat during the anthem.
'Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now".
The protests during the national anthem have divided fans in America's most popular sport.
While it's being performed, I feel pride. But this is why the U.S.is so great!
This is the same for other players, while others have done it purely out of solidarity with other protesters.
President Trump has been engaged in an open war with the NFL, and the league recently saw its favorability rating get cut in almost half after all the protests. Given the tough week of public relations they've endured by some for this past week (and a larger trend of decreased ratings) it would certainly make sense. I mean the fact alone that these players even have a choice to disrespect our flag proves the point that the United States is an incredible place to live and they need to stop taking advantage of that. They'd care about the paycheck and nothing else.
The Indianapolis Colts also issued a statement saying that protesting team members have a "platform" and they intend to keep using it. That doesn't sound patriotic to me.
They represent equality, opportunity and freedom. It's possible to stand for the anthem but respect others who do not.
Christie continued: "They locked arms". That seems to have caused a big drop in how Americans view the NFL.