Country music singer Meghan Linsey and her guitar player took a knee as they finished singing the national anthem at the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans game after President Trump repeatedly attacked NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem.
The crowd erupted in cheers as the musicians knelt.
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Players from both teams remained in their locker rooms during the signing of the anthem in a joint protest amid President Trump’s comments attacking NFL players who kneeled during the anthem, calling for their firing.
The Seahawks released a statement prior to the game explaining the decision, which read: “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.”
Tennessee also released a statement reading, “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 Pittsburgh Steelers also remained in the team’s locker room during the national anthem. Only one player showed up on the field during the song.
During a rally in Huntsville, Ala., Trump took aim at the league and players who have sat for the anthem without mentioning names saying “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!’”