There are a lot of players in the NFL who are opposing the US President Donald Trump due to his dissatisfaction with the players protesting against national anthem. Tom Brady locked arms with teammates when the anthem was played, and this was described as solidarity, according to New York Times.
His rift with the NFL players received new proportions at a rally in Alabama and later over social media when he criticized coaches and owners for not sending off and firing players who are protesting against the national anthem. Trump told Alabama crowd that those players should lose jobs. He said: “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.”
Even though he didn’t point the finger at anyone specifically, of course, he was talking about Colin Kaepernick who started with these protests last season while he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers. On Sunday, protests took place on a lot of stadiums across the United States, but Pittsburgh Steelers’ one stands out as the most unified. They lost against the Chicago Bears. Namely, the players of the Steelers decided to stay in the locker room during the anthem, but their head coach Mike Tomlin was out there with a few assistant coaches.
The Pittsburgh officials declared the “decision was collaborative” and they wanted “to show unity without being demonstrative.”
ESPN reported that protests commenced in a game in London between the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars when several players from both teams knelt during the anthem. Ravens star Terrell Suggs said:
“Personally, I think the comments made about my brothers that decided to protest and kneel is kind of what made us no longer be silent. We stand with our brothers. They have the right to protest. We knelt with them today. Non-violent protest is as American as it gets. We knelt with them today and let them know we are a unified front. There is no dividing us.”