Here Are The NFL Teams And Players Who Stood Up To Trump By Kneeling Down Sunday

The President wants the NFL to punish players who protest during the National Anthem. Their response was historic.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

President Trump made quite the splash in the sports world this weekend. Before revoking Steph Curry’s invite to the White House, he proceeded to admonish NFL players who have refused to stand during the National Anthem.

Here’s a quick recap of our president’s tweets.

During a rally, our president also said the NFL should “fire them son of a bitch” anthem protesters.

This is how the NFL responded on Sunday.

Dozens of players from nearly every team took a knee while many others locked arms.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the face of the sport, stood with his hand over his heart, while also locking an arm with a teammate. Brady wouldn’t discuss his stance on the politics of Sunday or his actions, simply saying he locked arms because of the love for his teammates.

President Trump seemed to have given a thumbs up to those who locked arms.

The Titans, Seahawks and Steelers simply stayed in the locker room during the Anthem.

The only Steelers player who came out for the Anthem – Army veteran and offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva.

Bills running back LeSean McCoy continued his stretching during the Anthem.

Here’s what the NFL had to say in response to Trump’s remarks.

Possibly the most eye-popping response came from Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a known Trump supporter.

What can we take from all this? This social protest isn’t going away any time soon; it’s spreading to other sports. And the president can thank himself for it.

The L.A. Sparks walked off the court before the Anthem today. And an A’s rookie was the first in baseball to take a knee.

On the other end of the spectrum, Richard Petty said he would fire anyone who takes a knee in NASCAR.

In my opinion, the most reasonable response to come out of all this came from hall-of-fame quarterback Kurt Warner.


Josh Helmuth is the editor of Crave Sports. 

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