Posted - 09/24/2017 : 10:04:29 PM
| The Pittsburgh Steelers stayed in the locker room during the national anthem prior to Sunday s game, just days after comments made by President Trump.
“We re not going to play politics,” Pittsburgh Steelers coach Tomlin told CBS. “We re football players and Sammie Coates Jersey football coaches. We re not participating in the anthem today, not to be disrespectful to the Anthem, to remove ourselves from this circumstance.
Steelers President Art Rooney II weighed in with a short statement Saturday night.
I believe the commissioner made an appropriate statement and I have nothing to add at this time, Rooney said in the statement reported by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
The Seattle Seahawks followed the Steelers lead, releasing a statement saying the https://www.steelerspitzone.com/sammie-coates-jersey-c-10.html team would not participate in the national anthem. We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country, the team said in a statement. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms.
The Tennessee Titans, the Seahawks opponent, followed suit, as the national anthem was played with neither team on the sidelines.
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AP Photo/Mark Zaleski
The protests come a day after the NFL https://www.steelerspitzone.com/jacob-hagen-jersey-c-39.html, the NFL Players Association and team owners and CEOs responded to President Trump stating Friday that team owners should fire players who fail to stand for the national anthem prior to games.
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Jacksonville Jaguars players kneel down during the playing of the U.S. national anthem before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Sept. 24, 2017.
About two dozen players, including Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before the start of the teams’ game at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Other players on one knee during the performance included Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley, wide receiver Mike Wallace and safety Lardarius Webb as well as Jaguars linebacker Dante Fowler, defensive tackle Calais Campbell, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
Players on both teams and Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who were not kneeling, remained locked arm in arm throughout the playing of the national anthem and “God Save The Queen https://www.steelerspitzone.com/tyler-matakevich-jersey-c-40.html,” the national anthem of Britain.
No players were kneeling during the playing of the British national anthem.
At least 100 players kneeling or sitting in protest and one team staying in the locker room in the early games.
Most teams in the early afternoon games locked arms in solidarity. At least three team owners joined their players.
NFL Network s Mike Garafolo said he expected to see widespread protests at games.
Based on the conversations I had yesterday with players https://www.steelerspitzone.com/roosevelt-nix-jersey-c-41.html, team officials, agents, everybody ... you re going to see mass protests on the sideline , Garafolo said. You are going to see full team protests, coaches included. For the first time, we have not seen that.