The Packers’ game against the Bengals kicks off at 4:25 p.m. in Green Bay. The day started with the Ravens and Jaguars facing off in London, and players on both sidelines knelt or linked arms during the national anthem. Jaguars owner Shahid Khan also participated, linking arms with his players. There is expected to be an increase in national anthem protests after a Trump tweet to urging fans to boycott the sport until owners “fire or suspend” players who protest during the national anthem.
Rodgers did not definitely say he will kneel during the national anthem on Sunday. In an ESPN The Magazine profile of him in August, Rodgers said Colin Kaepernick “should be on an NFL roster right now” and “I think because of the protests, he’s not.” After Rodgers posted that photo to Instagram, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady commented with an “arm muscle” emoji, seemingly as a display of support for Rodgers’ message.
Anquan Boldin, who stepped away from football before this season to get more involved with social activism, discussed the national anthem protests at the start of ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and also shared this message on social media:
Earlier Sunday morning, Malcolm Jenkins, Trey Burton and Jalen Mills of the Philadelphia Eagles took to Twitter to urge Eagles fans to join them in locking arms ahead of their home opener against the New York Giants at 1 p.m. This was the message they all shared:
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Peters chimed in with this message on Twitter:
During NFL Network’s pregame show, Rich Eisen took a moment to directly address Trump and America’s current political and social climate:
Brady, who has called Trump a friend and been hesitant to discuss politics in the past, posted this on Instagram, seemingly in response to Trump’s comments about NFL players this weekend:
And while most of the social media commentary from those in the NFL — whether that be posts from players across the last few days or statements from a large handful of NFL owners — have supported unity and demonstrations during the national anthem, it has not all came to that conclusion. In a statement released to ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Sunday morning, Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe said, in regards to kneeling during the anthem, “I just feel it’s disrespectful to the ones who sacrificed their lives and it’s maybe the wrong platform.”
Here was his full statement:
There was also this tidbit on the Seattle Seahawks, a team that has been very outspoken on political and social issues and demonstrated during the national anthem in various ways:
The Ravens and Jaguars set the tone ahead of the early game in London, and next comes nine games kicking off at 1 p.m.
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