National Anthem protests: How all 32 NFL teams chose in Week 3

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National Anthem protests: How all 32 NFL teams chose in Week 3

National Anthem protests became front page news over the weekend after President Donald Trump demanded NFL players who chose to protest be fired on Friday night.

That sparked outrage from every corner of the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell, several NFL owners, the NFLPA and players from across the league expressed outrage at Mr. Trump’s comments and hundreds chose to protest in some manner.

Here’s a look at how each team chose to handle themselves during the Star-Spangled Banner.

How the Baltimore Ravens chose to handle the National Anthem protests

Roughly 10 Baltimore Ravens chose to kneel during the Star-Spangled Banner while playing in London. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti issued a statement in response to his players kneeling and gave them his unequivocal support.

How the Jacksonville Jaguars chose to handle the National Anthem protests

More than a dozen Jacksonville Jaguars took a knee and the rest of the team chose to lock arms, including owner Shad Khan. The Jaguars owner had previously donated $1 million to the Trump campaign, but previously voiced displeasure with the President over the travel ban in February. Khan is a Pakistani-American who became a citizen in 1991.

How the Pittsburgh Steelers chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Pittsburgh Steelers elected to remove themselves from the situation entirely by going into the tunnel for the Star-Spangled Banner. Only Steelers offensive lineman and Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva was visible in the tunnel as he put his hand over his heart and sang every word. Steelers president Art Rooney deferred to Goodell’s statement on the matter.

How the Chicago Bears chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Chicago Bears chose to lock arms during the anthem. Bears chairman George McCaskey released a statement saying the team had come together and they supported the right to respectful and peaceful demonstration.

How the Atlanta Falcons chose to handle the National Anthem protests

Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe were kneeling and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons locked arms during the Star-Spangled Banner, including owner Arthur Blank.

How the Detroit Lions chose to handle the National Anthem protests

Eight Detroit Lions players took a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner. The rest of the Lions locked arms, and owner Martha Ford joined the show of support by linking up with Lions coach Jim Caldwell.

How the Houston Texans chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Houston Texans all stood and locked arms during the Star-Spangled Banner. Owner Bob McNair issued a statement calling Trump’s comments divisive and counterproductive. McNair had previously donated $1 million to the Trump cause.

How the New England Patriots chose to handle the National Anthem protests

At least 10 New England Patriots kneeled and the rest of the players, including friend of Mr. Trump, Tom Brady, locked arms in a show of solidarity. Patriots owner Robert Kraft, also a Trump supporter, issued a scathing statement in response to Mr. Trump’s comments and issued full support for his players choosing to demonstrate peacefully.

How the New Orleans Saints chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The New Orleans Saints had 10 players sitting during the anthem and four more players near the bench placed their hands on them in a show of solidarity. The Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, both owned by Tom Benson, released a statement calling Mr. Trump’s comments disappointing and inappropriate.

How the Carolina Panthers chose to handle the National Anthem protests

Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers was not on the field during the anthem. The remainder of the team was and stood. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is one of seven owners who haven’t made a statement of any kind on Mr. Trump’s comments.

How the Cleveland Browns chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Cleveland Browns had 21 players kneeling and the rest of the team locked arms during the Star-Spangled Banner. Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam issued a statement saying they were moved by the dialogue the team’s previous actions during the anthem had sparked.

How the Indianapolis Colts chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Indianapolis Colts had five players kneeling during the Star-Spangled Banner. Colts owner Jim Irsay issued a statement stating he was troubled by Mr. Trump’s comments.

How the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose to handle the National Anthem protests

DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans kneeled for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Co-chairman Joel Glazer issued a statement supporting his players’ constitutional right to free speech.

How the Minnesota Vikings chose to handle the National Anthem protests

Many Minnesota Vikings linked arms during the Star-Spangled Banner, including owners Mark and Zygi Wolf. They also condemned Trump’s remarks and expressed support for players demonstrating peacefully.

How the Denver Broncos chose to handle the National Anthem protests

Roughly half of all Denver Broncos players kneeled during the anthem on Sunday. Broncos CEO Joe Ellis commended his players for using their platform to promote social change in a positive way.

How the Buffalo Bills chose to handle the National Anthem protests

Nearly 10 Buffalo Bills players and team employees kneeled and the rest of the team locked arms during the Star-Spangled Banner. Owners Terry and Kim Pegula expressed disappointment in Mr. Trump’s comments and gave their players support to demonstrate peacefully.

How the Miami Dolphins chose to handle the National Anthem protests

Several Miami Dolphins players wore t-shirts that read “#IMWITHKAP” under the uniforms in support of Colin Kaepernick, who started the kneeling movement. At least five players took a knee and the rest of the team locked arms, including owner Steve Ross, who admonished Mr. Trump’s comments in a public statement.

How the New York Jets chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The New York Jets stood and locked arms during the Star-Spangled Banner. Acting owner Chris Johnson joined them. Actual Jets owner, Woody Johnson, was a Trump campaign supporter and was eventually appointed U.S. Ambassador to the U.K. by the Trump administration.

How the Seattle Seahawks chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Seattle Seahawks don’t kickoff until 4:05 p.m. ET. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll issued a statement calling for action in response to Mr. Trump’s comments. Team owner Paul Allen fully supported any peaceful act of protest from his players.

How the Tennessee Titans chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Tennessee Titans don’t kickoff until 4:05 p.m. ET.

How the Kansas City Chiefs chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Kansas City Chiefs don’t kickoff until 4:25 p.m. ET.

How the Los Angeles Chargers chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Los Angeles Chargers don’t kickoff until 4:25 p.m. ET.

How the Cincinnati Bengals chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Cincinnati Bengals don’t kickoff until 4:25 p.m. ET.

How the Green Bay Packers chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Green Bay Packers don’t kickoff until 4:25 p.m. ET.

How the Oakland Raiders chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Oakland Raiders don’t kickoff until 8:30 p.m. ET.

How the Washington Redskins chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Washington Redskins don’t kickoff until 8:30 p.m. ET.

How the Dallas Cowboys chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Dallas Cowboys don’t kickoff until 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday night. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has said that he doesn’t anticipate that any of his players will choose to protest.

How the Arizona Cardinals chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Arizona Cardinals don’t kickoff until 8:30 p.m. ET on Monday night.

How the Los Angeles Rams chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The Los Angeles Rams played on Thursday Night Football prior to Mr. Trump’s comments.

How the San Francisco 49ers chose to handle the National Anthem protests

The San Francisco 49ers played on Thursday Night Football prior to Mr. Trump’s comments. Injured safety Eric Reid continued to kneel during the National Anthem as he did when he began joining then-teammate Colin Kaepernick in taking a knee last fall.

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