Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank locked arms with players and coaches on the field during the National Anthem Sunday in Detroit. Two players also kneeled during the anthem.
Blank, front office executives, players, and coaches all linked arms at Ford Field. Blank stood with Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, giving them both hugs after the anthem.
Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe, two defensive linemen, were kneeling during the national anthem.
Players and coaches from the Detroit Lions linked arms as well. Eight or more players for the Lions kneeled during the anthem as well.
Players and teams are reacting after President Trump made comments over the weekend about players kneeling or otherwise protesting during the national anthem. Trump suggested owners release players who engage in that form of protest.
"We are at our very best when we are working together, building unity and including everyone's voice in a constructive dialogue," said Blank in a statement on Saturday. "Creating division or demonizing viewpoints that are different than our own accomplishes nothing positive and undermines our collective ability to achieve the ideals of our democracy. The NFL has historically been a strong catalyst for positive change and I'm proud of the way our players, coaches and staff use that platform to give back to our community and strive to be good citizens making a positive impact on this and future generations."
In Sunday's first NFL game, some players from the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars knelt during the national anthem and others linked arms before their game in London.More