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Several NFL Teams and prominent superstars took a knee during the National Anthem of the 1pm games of the NFL today in response to 45’s comments made in Alabama Friday calling for NFL owners to “fire those sons of b****es” if the refused to stand for the National Anthem.

Spectators at the Colts’ home Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis booed loudly after many of the Browns players kneeled in a huddle during the national anthem. Colts players locked arms during the anthem despite the boos.

Tom Brady, who is friends with Trump and whose politics have been a cause of much speculation, joined his teammates in locking arms during the anthem before the Patriots’ game against the Texans in Foxborough. Brady, who has yet to address Trump’s recent criticisms, also put his hand over his heart. While Brady and teammate Phillip Dorsett locked arms, several other Patriots took a knee.

Bill Belichick, the Patriots coach, stood next to Brady during the anthem with his arms crossed in front of his body.

The Pittsburgh Steelers did not emerge from the locker room in Chicago during the national anthem before their game against the Bears. Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin said the team would be unified in their actions, and the empty Pittsburgh bench was a stark image of the team’s unity.

“We’re not going to play politics,” Coach Mike Tomlin told CBS before the game. “We’re football players, we’re football coaches. We’re not participating in the anthem today. Not to be disrespectful to the anthem, but to remove ourselves from this circumstance. People shouldn’t have to choose. If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn’t have to be forced to choose sides. If a guy feels the need to do something, he shouldn’t be separated from his teammate who chooses not to. So we’re not participating today.”

Source: New York Times

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