Fewer NFL Players Kneel During National Anthem Two Weeks After Trump Stoked Fires of Protest

Members of the Cleveland Browns raise their fists during the national anthem Sunday. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
Members of the Cleveland Browns raise their fists during the national anthem Sunday. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

NFL players took to the field Sunday, less than 24 hours after President Trump’s latest tweets urged them to stand for the national anthem and while most did as the 1 p.m. EDT games began across the country, a number of players continued to kneel and raise their fists.

The Los Angeles Rams linked arms and Robert Quinn raised a fist in protest. Members of the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys stood, as did members of the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Several members of the Buffalo Bills took a knee.

Several members of the Cleveland Browns stood, with fists raised.

The Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints started things Sunday morning, with the Saints collectively taking a knee before their game in London, before rising and linking arms for the singing of the national anthem. Meanwhile, three members of the Dolphins, tight end Julius Thomas, safety Michael Thomas and wide receiver Kenny Stills, continued to kneel during the anthem, performed by Darius Rucker.

For the 1 p.m. games, the anthem was shown by CBS, but not by Fox, which reverted to the usual practice of selling that time to advertisers on the regional broadcasts. The anthem is typically only shown on telecasts on the Thursday night kickoff game and before the Super Bowl.

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SOURCE: Cindy Boren 
The Washington Post