The Fox television network's broadcast of the day's first game, at Wembley Stadium, showed three members of the Miami Dolphins kneeling as USA music star Darius Rucker performed "The Star Spangled Banner". "This came after he called NFL players who did not stand for the national anthem a 'son of a (expletive)".
Despite President Trump's urgings, however, both the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints continued the protest on Sunday at their game in London. No player kneeled. Every Jaguars player took a knee before the playing of the national anthem but stood during the song. "Respect our Flag and our Country!" On Sept. 22, he had touched off a national controversy that has enveloped the country's most popular sports league.
Jones and his team did what needed to be done, separating the protests over racial injustices from the deafening outrage over alleged disrespect to the nation, its anthem and its glorious flag. I firmly believe it is an individual's right to protest in the way they choose to protest, as long as it's peaceful. "I think you risk upsetting more people than it's worth". But the poll showed a difference of opinion based on race.
Later Trump tweeted embedded video of fans and players standing at an NHL game, writing "19,000 RESPECTING our National Anthem!" "The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations", he wrote. "Because when you merge it into the flag and the anthem, it's lost", Ryan said.
'Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, "Get that son of a bitch off the field right now".
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More than 200 players either knelt or used other means as expressions of unity last weekend. "They say: "We are in a situation where we have to do something, '" Trump said".
"I think we should just have separate and distinct conversations". He did not elaborate.
Trump also called on fans, again via Twitter, to boycott football games. Full teams, along with some team owners, linked arms either before or during the anthem.
Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, started the form of protest past year to draw attention to police killings of unarmed black people and the oppression of minorities. Two members of the Lions knelt while most of the team stood.