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National anthem singer takes a knee at Seahawks-Titans game

National anthem singer takes a knee at Seahawks-Titans game

The Tennessee Titans did not come out onto the field as the national anthem was played Sunday ahead of the match up with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Titans and Seahawks players boycotted the national anthem before their Week 3 contest.

They posted a statement on their website noting they want to be unified as a team with the players deciding jointly that staying inside was the best course of action. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers players chose to stay in the locker room - except one - rather than come out for the anthem prior to their game against the Chicago Bears.

The team also said their commitment to the military and community is "resolute" and that "the absence of our team for the national anthem shouldn't be misconstrued as unpatriotic". Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country.

"As a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem".

The Steelers did not protest the anthem a year ago and had stayed relatively neutral on the national discussion, but President Donald Trump's verbal attack on NFL players who protest appears to have changed things.

The Tennessee Titans players also made a decision to stay inside during the anthem. Others have locked arms in solidarity.

The Seahawks and Tennessee Titans have set a new precedent in National Football League pregame statements against racial inequality and what President Donald Trump said about them this weekend.

"We're not going to be divided by anything said by anyone", Tomlin said to CBS.

The Titans issued their own statement before they didn't participate in Sunday's anthem here, either.

The practice of protesting during the anthem began last season when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the anthem.

This season, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has sat for the anthem since the preseason.