Ravens, Jaguars kneel in first game since President Trump called for players to be fired
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- Members of the Ravens and Jaguars knelt during the national anthem in the first NFL game since President Trump called for athletes who protest to be fired.
Jaguars owner Shad Khan locked arms with his players in a show of solidarity while former Raven Ray Lewis knelt alongside current Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and wide receiver Mike Wallace.
President Trump sent two tweets on Sunday morning reiterating his stance on athletes who protest against racial inequality and police brutality during the national anthem. Trump said that change will begin to happen once fans boycott games.
One of President Trump's most staunch supporters, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, released a statement on Sunday morning condemning President Trump's comments. Kraft said he was "deeply disappointed" and supports his players' "right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful."
The President's original comments, which have stirred tension throughout the weekend, occurred during a rally on Friday endorsing Alabama Senator Luther Strange's re-election campaign. In reference to Colin Kaepernick and other protesters in the NFL, Trump said that owners should fire players who kneel during the anthem.
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired," Trump said.