What Our Local NFL Teams Did During The National Anthem
The President's comments over the weekend sparked speculation as to how teams would react. A number of team owners released statements, but no one was sure how the actual players would respond.
ESPN has been tracking anthem protests, and during Week 1 and Week 2 there were a handful of players taking part in some sort of protest, whether it was kneeling, sitting, raising a fist, or placing a hand on the shoulder of a teammate.
In Week 3, literally every team made some sort of statement (we still have to wait for Monday Night Football, however). According to ESPN, here's what Big Blue, Gang Green, and the Birds did.
NEW YORK GIANTS
Giants players stood with their arms locked before the matchup with the Eagles, but for the first time, players kneeled for the anthem. Damon Harrison, Olivier Vernon and Landon Collins kneeled. -- Jordan Raanan
NEW YORK JETS
Every Jets player, coach and staff member linked arms during the national anthem before the game against the Dolphins. Acting owner Christopher Johnson, the younger brother of owner and U.S. ambassador to the U.K. Woody Johnson, was among them. He stood between quarterback Josh McCown and safety Jamal Adams. -- Rich Cimini
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, executives and players locked arms with servicemen and servicewomen and police officers during the playing of the national anthem before Sunday's home opener against the Giants. Safety Malcolm Jenkins has been demonstrating for social justice since Week 2 of last season, and he continued to raise his first above his head. Defensive end Chris Long, who has placed an arm around Jenkins as a sign of support since the events in his hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, was joined by several teammates surrounding Jenkins on Sunday. Wide receivers Torrey Smith and Marcus Johnson also raised their fist. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks stood off to the side and appeared to be the only Eagles player not participating in the demonstration. -- Tim McManus
You can read about the rest of the NFL teams at ESPN.
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