The Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks remained in the locker room during the national anthem before their game on Sunday in Tennessee.
Both team’s released statements before the game explaining the reason their teams did not take the field until after the national anthem was finished.
“As a team, we wanted to be unified in our actions today. The players jointly decided this was the best course of action. Our commitment to the military and our community is resolute and the absence of our team for the national anthem shouldn’t be misconstrued as unpatriotic,” The Titans said in their statement.
The Seahawks gave a more in depth statement, mentioning injustice for people of color, as well as equality and justice for all.
“As a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem. We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms. We remain committed in continuing to work towards equality and justice for all. Respectfully, The Players of the Seattle Seahawks,” The Seattle Seahawks said in their statement.
The anthem was sung by Meghan Linsey at Sunday’s game who decided to take a knee with her guitar accompanist atfter singing the anthem.
— Jason Wolf (@JasonWolf) September 24, 2017
NFL players around the league are kneeling in protest during the national anthem, following President Donald Trump’s statement that players who do so should be fired.
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