All eyes on Panthers vs Saints game during NFL, Trump battle

Jay Jacobs
September 25, 2017

Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, from left, Mike Wallace, former player Ray Lewis and inside linebacker C.J. Mosley kneel down during the playing of the US national anthem before an NFL football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Ravens at Wembley Stadium in London.

He was back on Twitter on Sunday, saying: "If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast".

Trump on Saturday said that NFL players should be forbidden from disrespecting the flag and demanded that they stand for the national anthem.

During a rally on Friday night in Alabama, Trump challenged team owners to get rid of players that protest during the anthem, and called on fans to walk out of games if such protests go on.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Baltimore Ravens players kneel for the American National anthem during the NFL International Series match between Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on September 24, 2017 in London, England.

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All Panthers players on the field stood for the anthem. It brought a torrent of responses from players, the National Football League commissioner, the head of the National Football League players' union and more than a half-dozen owners.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who donated money to President Trump's presidential campaign, was also on the field during the anthem, locking arms with some of the players who remained standing.

Trump is wrong. National Football League ratings and attendance aren't down due to the protests. At least three team owners joined their players. A few players on both sides kneeled while the anthem played, and there was a defiant tone in the air given President Trump's "son of a b*tch" quip.

But in a statement put out by owner Shahid Khan, he labelled Trump's tweets as "divisive and contentious".

The comments, which you can see below, also referred to playing the sport professionally as a "privilege" rather than the culmination of years of hard work with the goal of reaching an elite level of sport. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has told CBS that the whole team will sit in the locker room for the anthem. "There is no better example than the wonderful response from our clubs and players to the bad natural disasters we've experienced over the last month", said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He then highlighted why Trump will lose on this issue.

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