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NFL protests continue as war of words with President Trump escalates

NFL protests continue as war of words with President Trump escalates

The National Football League's slate of games kicked off at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday morning with several members, almost two dozen, of the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars kneeling during the American national anthem.

Ravens players taking a knee included starters Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Za'Darius Smith, Mike Wallace, Tony Jefferson, Anthony Levine and Lardarius Webb.

After the National Football League and NFLPA released statements in response to Twitter and commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith met Saturday night to discuss how to handle Sunday's protests according to ESPN, several owners have released their own statements.

In a second tweet, Trump, who is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, said that the "league should back" fans who are upset about the protests.

The tweets came the morning after Trump took on two of the country's most popular sports leagues by withdrawing the White House invitation for the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors and by calling for NFL owners to fire any "son of a bitch" who "disrespects our flag".

They were then treated to the second most one-sided affair in that 18-game history.

"My decision has been coming for a long time", Maxwell, the son of a U.S. Army veteran, said after the game to ESPN.

Jacksonville Jaguars' owner Shahid Khan - who donated $1m to the Trump campaign - joined his players on the pitch in an unusual move and locked arms with those protesting in a seeming show of solidarity.

"I think what the president is saying is that the owners should have a rule that players should have to stand in respect for the national anthem", Mnuchin said.

A few Jaguars players were among the group that openly supported former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's mission to protest social injustice during the anthem last season. All voices need to be heard.

"You know, some owner is going to do that".

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Trump's comments in Alabama revealed an "unfortunate lack of respect" for the NFL and its players.

While many players are expected to participate in protests Sunday all around the league, the Pittsburgh Steelers will stay in the locker room for the national anthem before their game against the Chicago Bears.

Kaepernick is now a free agent.

"We recognize our players' influence. Our players have the freedom to express themselves in a respectful and thoughtful manner and we all agreed that our sole message is to provide and to promote an environment that is focused on love and equality".


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