NEW YORK — The Newest on the sports activities world reacting to President Donald Trump’s remarks about professional soccer (all occasions ET):
Whenever you add up the numbers, about one in eight NFL gamers didn’t stand for the nationwide anthem this weekend.
AP reporters and photographers counted the gamers kneeling or sitting at each NFL recreation Sunday. With another recreation to go Monday night time, already greater than 200 gamers selected to protest. A handful of others raised their fists.
The league has 1,696 gamers on lively rosters.
Final week, solely six NFL gamers protested, persevering with the motion began final yr by former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
However President Donald Trump’s feedback and tweets saying protesting gamers ought to be fired sparked an enormous present of defiance. Three groups stayed off the sector for the anthems totally. Different groups locked arms, with some gamers standing, some kneeling and a few sitting.
President Donald Trump has continued to precise his displeasure on Twitter about how NFL gamers are selecting to kneel or sit for the nationwide anthem earlier than video games.
In a single tweet, Trump stated that “Standing with locked arms is sweet, kneeling just isn’t acceptable. Dangerous Scores!” In one other tweet, he says individuals “MUST honor and respect” the American flag.
About one hundred fifty gamers across the NFL sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance through the league’s early video games.
In one other tweet, Trump stated the NHL champion Pittsburgh Penguins shall be going to the White Home f or a ceremony. Trump just lately rescinded a White Home invitation for Stephen Curry of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
NFL participant protests throughout nationwide anthem
Meghan Linsey completed singing the nationwide anthem earlier than the Seattle Seahawks recreation on the Tennessee Titans, after which the runner-up in “The Voice” took a knee as she completed. So did the guitarist accompanying her.
No less than one hundred thirty gamers across the NFL sat or knelt in the course of the anthems within the early video games. The Seahawks and Titans didn’t come on the sector till after Linsey completed singing. A handful of gamers stood outdoors the tunnel.
Earlier in Detroit, singer Rico Lavelle dropped to his proper knee, bowed his head and raised his proper fist wrapped across the microphone whereas ending up his rendition of the nationwide anthem earlier than the Lions-Falcons recreation.
— AP Sports activities Author Teresa M. Walker reported from…