WASHINGTON D.C. (KRON) — A majority of Oakland Raider players sat and locked arms during the national anthem on Sunday just before the team faced off against the Washington Redskins.
This powerful display took place during Sunday Night Football, a prime time slot, in the nation’s capital.
Moments after the demonstration, the organization posted a picture with the caption, “United.”
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) September 25, 2017
Initially, a report from the NFL.com said Oakland’s entire offensive line was planning to take a knee during the anthem.
The Raiders offensive line is the only all African-American unit in the NFL.
The group planned to kneel in response to President Trump’s statement that owners should fire players who fail to stand for the national anthem, NFL.com’s report said.
The original report came from NFL insider Ian Rapoport.
“As far as some of the players I’ve spoken with, even a lot of them who have strong views and have kept it private, they feel that President Trump has given them no choice but to speak out,” Rapoport said.
Many NFL owners are speaking out in support of players, and against President Trump, which may have contributed to the protest-filled NFL Sunday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 24, 2017
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