At yesterday's Titans vs. Seahawks matchup, country singer Meghan Linsey took a knee as she completed the last notes of the National Anthem.
As she took the field to sing, neither team had come to the field. Both the Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans remained in their respective locker rooms for the singing of the National Anthem, in protest of comments made by President Trump at a rally in Alabama this weekend. Linsey and her guitarist chose to take a knee together, in solidarity with the protesting players.
Linsey and her guitarist chose to take a knee together, in solidarity with the protesting players.
On Friday (Sept. 22), President Trump stated, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say, 'Get that son of a b**** off the field right now. Out, you're fired!'"
On Saturday (Sept. 23), Trump tweeted, "If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!"
The President made more tweets on the subject calling for the termination of any player who refuses to stand for the National Anthem.
The controversy started in response to former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who quietly took a knee during the singing of the National Anthem during the 2016 football season.
Sunday saw many players on many teams nationwide standing and kneeling. The Atlanta Falcons were joined on the field with their managers and coaches, arms linked, standing. The Houston Texans did the same as the Falcons, while several members of the Patriots took a knee.
Alejandro Villanueva was the only Pittsburg Steeler to take the field during the National Anthem, all the rest of the players chose to stay in the locker room.
More and more professional sports players and teams have been joining Kaepernick's protest for civil rights in response to the President's tweets and statements.