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Seahawks release statement, players to remain in locker room during national anthem

Stacy Diaz | 25 September, 2017, 00:43

The American flag is presented in front of an empty Tennessee Titans bench area during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Titans and the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn.

Trump's Embarrassing Presidency Costs U.S. $2.7 Billion in International Tourism. In the statement the Seahawks stated that the team "will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country".

The players for Tennessee also chose to remain in the locker room.

Both teams released statements announcing the decision and in support of their players. Potential disciplinary action over how players act during the anthem would need to be in place under the collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA, and to make matters more complicated, several states that have teams also extend first-amendment protection to employees of private businesses while at work.

In the late afternoon slate of games, we saw a combination of both actions.

The team's official PR account confirmed the Seahawks will stay in the locker room during the national anthem in a released statement.

On Sunday he took to Twitter urging fans to boycott National Football League games if players continued to kneel. "We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences", the Green Bay Packers' statement said. "There is no greater unifier in this country than sports and, unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics", Kraft's statement said.

In one tweet, Trump said that "Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable".

It won't be known until Monday what effect Trump's comments, or the player protests, might have on the ratings for Sunday's games. Other players followed suit.

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

Seahawks Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett has been sitting during the anthem for six weeks.