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Multiple Players Kneeled During National Anthem of Ravens-Jaguars London Game

Multiple Players Kneeled During National Anthem of Ravens-Jaguars London Game

"League should back US", he continued.

Take a look at how players and personnel stood, sat or knelt during the national anthem.

The Ravens had not previously participated in the pre-game protests brought to national attention by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last season.

"Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms", Seahawks players said in a statement. He also donated $1 million to Trump ahead of his inauguration.

The Baltimore Ravens' Terrell Suggs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mike Evans lent their star power to the national anthem protests as NFL players and coaches kneeled, raised fists or locked arms in unity before their Sunday games.

Allen Hurns and Leonard Fournette also scored touchdowns for the Jaguars (2-1), who have won each of their last three games played at the venue.

An unrepentant Trump doubled down on his comments early on Sunday however, repeating his demand for players to be sacked and urging fans to boycott games if the protests continued.

Sunday's protest came after Trump triggered uproar on Friday at a rally in Alabama by saying that players who protested during the anthem should be dismissed. Even New England Patriots owners Bob Kraft, a longtime Trump supporter, has now lined up against the president on this one.

Players also linked arms as they kneeled. The gestures were made during the first game since Trump's comments and tweets.

The back-and-forth between Trump and the National Football League began at a rally the president held in Alabama on Friday.

In Chicago, Trump's feud was the main topic of conversation at the South Loop Club sports bar. The 22-year-old was born less than 10 miles away from Wembley in Chalk Farm and had been inspired to take up the game after watching the first International Series game on television in 2007. "He should know better than anyone that to fire someone due to their opinion is not right".

The NFL Players' Association said the president had crossed a line by effectively telling players to just "shut up and play".

Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest.

Curry told a news conference in Oakland, California: "It's beneath the leader of a country to go that route".

On the next play, West failed to secure a handoff and fumbled, leading to linebacker Telvin Smith returning it 52 yards to set up Lewis' third touchdown.