The following is an excerpt from BENJAMIN HOFFMAN, VICTOR MATHER and JACEY FORTIN | September 24, 2017 | Nytimes.com |
N.F.L. players across the country demonstrated during the national anthem on Sunday in a show of solidarity against President Trump, who scolded the league and players on Twitter this weekend. With the support of team owners, some of whom joined their teams on the field, dozens of players knelt in silent protests, while Tom Brady and others opted to stand and lock arms.
The Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans both stayed in their respective locker rooms prior to their matchup in Nashville. The Steelers also skipped the anthem in Chicago. Stay here for live updates:
Players Explain Why They Decided to Kneel
Miami tight end Julius Thomas, who previously had stood during the anthem, instead knelt on Sunday with three teammates. Asked what had changed for him, he said: “To have the president trying to intimidate people — I wanted to send a message that I don’t condone that. I’m not O.K. with somebody trying to prevent someone from standing up for what they think is important.
“Lots of people don’t have a voice and I wanted to tell those folks that they’re not alone. I used my position to try to empower everybody who seeks equality.”
LeSean McCoy, a running back for the Buffalo Bills, also addressed the issue following his game against the Broncos.
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