Two days after President Donald Trump advocated for firing professional football players who chose not to stand during the national anthem, a majority of the Denver Broncos chose not to stand during the national anthem.
Most of the Broncos players took a knee as the national anthem played prior to Denver’s Week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Von Miller, Chris Harris Jr. and Emmanuel Sanders were part of the group that kneeled. So was linebacker Brandon Marshall, who last year kneeled during the national anthem as a way to protest racial inequality in America.
The Broncos, who reportedly blasted the Y.G. song “F*** Donald Trump” in their locker room before the game, were not alone in their decision to kneel during the national anthem. A majority of the Bills players did so as well.
In Chicago, the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to stay in the locker room while the national anthem played.
Not every Broncos player agreed with the decision to kneel during the national anthem. Defensive end Derek Wolfe told ESPN’s Josina Anderson, “If you don’t think we are the greatest country in the world and you reside here, than why do you stay?”
After dozens of players around the NFL kneeled during Sunday’s first slate of games, Trump took to Twitter again, writing “kneeling is not acceptable.” He also criticized the NFL’s ratings.
Trump hasn’t backed off of the comments he made Friday in Alabama.
“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,'” Trump said. “‘Out. He’s fired. He’s fired.'”
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