Defiant Players Kneel, Join Arms, Avoid Anthem As Trump Calls For NFL Boycott

Defiant Players Kneel, Join Arms, Avoid Anthem As Trump Calls For NFL Boycott:

Update (1:30 pm ET): This afternoon’s round of NFL games has begun and as expected players from nearly every team playing today took a knee during the National Anthem, locked arms in solidarity with players who decided to take a knee, or – in the case of the Pittsburg Steelers – remained in the locker room, and thus weren’t visible to the public.

In Philadelphia, Eagles and Giants players and coaches  locked arms as a massive American flag was raised over the field and military jets performed a flyover. A few players raised fists or knelt, according ot the New York Times. Several players on the Bills and the Broncos also took a knee.

The Steelers didn’t participate in the Anthem, as coach Mike Tomlin had warned, remaining in the locker room instead – except for LT Alejandro Villanueva, an army veteran who stood by the tunnel with his hand over his heart.

Even Tom Brady, who as NYT notes is friends with Trump,  jooined his teammates in locking arms during the anthem before the Patriots’ game against the Texans In Foxborough. Brady also put his hand over his heart.

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