Football players across the nation were largely united in their response to the national anthem at Sunday NFL games for the second week following the controversy stirred by President Trump over players who kneel in protest during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Trump tweeted Saturday that it was “very important” for players to stand during the anthem and that “kneeling is not acceptable.”
But on Sunday, NFL players fired back the Sunday after Trump’s comments by continuing to protest during the anthem, with some kneeling or locking arms in solidarity. Three teams stayed off the field during the anthem entirely.
A number of teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars, took a knee in unity as a team before then standing for the anthem.
The 49ers also released a statement in support of the players, calling the demonstration a “representation of how we hope our country can also come together by putting differences aside and solving its problems.”
“For more than a year, members of our team have protested the oppression and social injustices still present in our society. While some may not have taken a knee or raised a fist, we have shared the desire to influence positive change,” the statement read.
“Today, our team chose to publicly display our unity in a new way and, in turn, urge others do the same.”
The team posted a video of the players participating in the demonstration ahead of their game against the Arizona Cardinals with the caption “Together.”
Watch the video below:
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) October 1, 2017