Falcons officials tell FOX 5 there is a 'high likelihood' team owner Arthur Blank will join players and coaches on the field during the national anthem Sunday in Detroit.
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.Falcons Head coach Dan Quinn, owner Arthur Blank and GM Thomas Dimitroff sitting and talking pregame at Ford Field. pic.twitter.com/NbLqWkmEyV-- Justin Felder (@Justin_FOX5) September 24, 2017
"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