NFL Week 3: Trump calls for NFL rule requiring players to stand for the national anthem
Welcome to The Times’ weekly NFL round up. If the opening game of Week 3 is any indication, it is likely to be a full day of protests by players following President Trump’s controversial comments.
The protests, which had largely died down in the NFL, come in the wake of Trump’s comments at a political rally Friday, when he challenged NFL owners to fire any player who didn’t stand for the anthem.
Here’s what you need to know:
- More than 100 players knelt or sat in protest on Sunday
- Trump continued to tweet about the issue this week
- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called Trump’s comments “divisive”
- The Pittsburgh Steelers decided as a team to not come out of their locker room
- Players from both the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars knelt during the national anthem before kickoff of their game in London. Those who didn’t linked arms in solidarity.
- Trump’s pregame tweets urged fans to boycott games | His followup tweet supported locking arms, but not kneeling
- See photos of protests from around the league.