Dozens of players kneel during day's National Football League opener in London

Isaac Cain
September 25, 2017

Two days after Trump insisted team owners should sack those who opt to protest during the Star-Spangled Banner, more than a dozen players from the Jags and Ravens took a knee as the anthem played in London. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and Za'Darius Smith, defensive tackle Carl Davis and defensive backs Tony Jefferson, Lardarius Webb and Anthony Levine Sr.

In a second tweet, Trump, who is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, said that the "league should back" fans who are upset about the protests.

The NFL Players' Association president Eric Winston said Mr Trump's comments were "a slap in the face to the civil rights heroes of the past and present".

Trump on Friday called on NFL owners to fire players who kneel, rather than stand, during the national anthem.

The ad was released after Trump's statements on Friday.

"NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN", he added. "He's going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he's fired.' And that owner, they don't know it [but] they'll be the most popular person in this country".

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As expected, a number of Jacksonville Jaguars kneeled for the American National Anthem; a protest against President Donald Trump's provocative comments about protesting players. Several players have already spoke out in one fashion or another, but what remained to be seen was how NFL players would handle the moments before the game when the national anthem is being played.

It has become a symbol of protest since past year when San Francisco 49ers quaterback Colin Kaepernick sat or kneeled during the anthem to highlight the treatment of black Americans. All voices need to be heard.

On Saturday many National Football League owners and players and commissioner Roger Goodell offered statements in opposition to the comments from the President. A spokesman said team owner Jerry Richardson will not issue a statement surrounding the controversy.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan linked arms with team players in solidarity at the game in London's Wembley Stadium.

He concluded by telling those National Football League players who want to protest to "do it somewhere else" and "not against our flag that gives us the freedom to be the greatest country and the greatest people in the history of mankind". "We have a lot of work to do, and we can do it, but the comments by the president make it harder".

Jaguars owner Shahid Khan - who donated $1million to to Donald Trump's inaugural committee a year ago - locked arms with players Marcedes Lewis and Telvin Smith in a show of support for his team. He became a free agent and has not been signed by a new team for this season. "You are going to see full-team protests, coaches included".

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