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Photos of NFL Players Taking a Knee After Trump’s Comments

During Sunday’s games, several players, owners, and team employees knelt, bowed their heads, linked arms, or stayed in the locker room while the national anthem played.

by Carter Sherman
Sep 25 2017, 5:45pm

The buzz after Sunday's NFL games was more about politics than plays. After president Trump's comments Friday that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem should be kicked out of the league, dozens of members of the league did it anyway in a dramatic show of unity. During Sunday's games, several players, owners, and team employees knelt, bowed their heads, linked arms, or stayed in the locker room while the national anthem played.

"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!'" Trump told the crowd at a rally for Republican senator Luther Strange, who's running in a special election for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former seat.

Trump's comments likely alluded to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand during the national anthem last season in protest of racial injustice. A handful of other players have taken similar actions without drawing much attention.

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