Bills, Dol­phins and Lions play­ers knell but most stand for an­them

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports -

The num­ber of NFL play­ers kneel­ing dur­ing the Amer­i­can national an­them re­duced dra­mat­i­cally ahead of yes­ter­day’s fix­tures.

More than 200 play­ers from across the league protested in the last round of matches as part of a move­ment to high­light per­ceived racial in­jus­tice.

US pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has been highly crit­i­cal of the NFL play­ers’ ac­tions and he urged them to re­con­sider in a tweet on Satur­day.

The vast ma­jor­ity of play­ers did stand this week­end, al­though there were ex­cep­tions, with six Buf­falo Bills play­ers, three from the Mi­ami Dol­phins and two from the Detroit Lions tak­ing a knee.

The Bal­ti­more Ravens knelt be­fore the an­them af­ter an an­nounce­ment ask­ing sup­port­ers to join in a prayer for “unity, kind­ness and jus­tice for all Amer­i­cans”. They were jeered by some fans de­spite stand­ing for the an­them it­self.

Protesters sup­port of NFL play­ers who “take a knee”

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