Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field

Danny Woods
September 25, 2017

President Donald Trump made headlines yet again on Friday when he said NFL owners should fire "any son of a bitch" who doesn't stand and protest the national anthem.

Several players also kneeled, including Ameer Abdullah, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Steve Longa, Tahir Whitehead, Cornelius Washington, A'Shawn Robinson, Akeem Spence and Jeremiah Ledbetter.

Rico LaVelle participated in the day's protests while singing the national anthem at the Detroit Lions - Atlanta Falcons game Sunday, taking a knee at the word "brave", lowering his head and raising his fist in the air.

Watch the clip above, via Fox Sports.

"Our game has long provided a powerful platform for dialogue and positive change in many communities throughout our nation", Ford said in the statement.

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate (15) smiles before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field.

The Falcons are 4-1 ATS in their last five games in week three and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games on the road while the Lions are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games at home but winless against the spread in their last four against a team with a winning record. She continued, "Negative and disrespectful comments suggesting otherwise are contrary to the founding principles of our country, and we do not support those comments or opinions".

The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture. "He's fired. He's fired!'" Trump said at a rally in Alabama on Saturday.

The Falcons led the Lions 20-13 at the half Sunday in Detroit.

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