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UPDATED: Jaguars, Ravens Kneel During Pre-NFL Game National Anthem In Response To Trump Comments

September 24, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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UPDATE: TMZ has more news on NFL players and teams taking a stand against President Donald Trump’s harsh words for players who refuse to stand during the national anthem. According to the latest update, the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans have both announced that they will stay on the sidelines for the National Anthem before their upcoming game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin also announced that his team will not go to the field and participate during the National Anthem for the team’s game against the Chicago Bears. Tomlin stated, “We’re not gonna be divided by anything said by anyone.” He added that the decisions is “not to be disrespectful to the anthem, but to remove ourselves from this circumstance.” You can check out a clip of Tomlin speaking on the issue to CBS below.

ORIGINAL: Over two dozen players from the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens took a knee during the National Anthem before their game on Sunday. Yahoo! Sports reports that several members of both sides of the field took knees during the anthem in the game, which took place in London on Sunday.

In addition, several others — including the Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh and the Jaguars’ owner Shad Khan — locked arms with their players during the moment. Khan donated $1 million to President Donald Trump’s inauguration, but later criticized Trump’s immigration ban attempt in February.

The kneeling comes following Trump’s comments criticizing Colin Kaepernick and others for kneeling. The kneel is a form of protest started by Kaepernick, intended to bring attention to issues of race and police brutality in the country. The kneeling has been criticized by many who have felt the move was disrespectful. Trump suggested on Friday that players who take knees during the National Anthem should be fired. Following Trump’s comments on Friday, several NFL owners and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell all called his comments offensive and divisive.

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