Dozens of NFL players made league-wide demonstrations during the singing of the national anthem in football games across the U.S. and London Sunday, days after President Trump called on owners to fire players for not standing during the anthem, according to our affiliate WJLA.
On Sunday night, Washington Redskins players, joined by owner Dan Snyder and former quarterback Doug Williams, linked arms in unity as some knelt, during the anthem prior to the start of game against the Oakland Raiders at FedEx Field in Landover. Some Raiders players sat on the bench during the anthem, as some stood with coaches, linked by arm.
The league-wide demonstrations were in response to Trump's remarks saying NFL owners should fire players for kneeling during the anthem at a Friday night campaign rally in Alabama.
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired,'" Trump said during the rally.
One minute before the game began, the Redskins released a statement on their Twitter page. Read it in full below:
"Football has always served as the great unifier, bringing people together to celebrate the values of courage, commitment and achievement. We are proud of the players, coaches and fans of the Washington Redskins for all that they have done to improve the lives of others in neighborhoods all across our region.We are also grateful for the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of our armed forces that have provided us the freedom to play football. In that great tradition, the Washington Redskins will work to address divisions and bring unity, civility and respect to our greater community."