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Unprecedented Scenes As NFL Players And Owners Unite In Response To Donald Trump

Daniel Kelly
By Daniel Kelly
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It's been a monumental day in the NFL.

Starting with the game between Jacksonville and Baltimore in Wembley, players, coaching staff and owners have come together during the pre-match national anthems in a bid to stand up against oppression.

The mass demonstrations came off the back of Donald Trump's comments earlier this week, when speaking about players taking a knee or protesting during the anthem.

Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired. You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.

Numerous owners decided to publicly support their players on the sidelines. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan previously donated to Trump's presidential campaign, while New York Jets owner Woody Johnson also linked arms with some players. Johnson is Trump's Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

The Pittsburgh Steelers took the most notable stance. Head coach Mike Tomlin announced before the match, that none of the players would be on the sidelines during the pre-match festivities in Soldier Field in Chicago.


Pittsburgh player Alejandro Villanueva stood at the tunnel during the anthem before his team took to the field. Villanueva served in Afghanistan in the US Army.


Other teams such as the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints saw numerous players take and knee, link arms ore even sit down during the anthem.

Ahead of the game in Detroit between the Lions and the Atlanta Falcons, Rico Lavelle took a knee when he entered the final words of the anthem.

While today's games will be remembered for a long time, the remaining remaining 14 weeks of the season could be dominated by what happens before the kick-off.

SEE ALSO: Donald Trump's Appalling Comments About Colin Kaepernick And The NFL

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