NFL Week 3: Trump praises ‘solidarity’ as Seahawks and Titans stay in locker room

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NFL players opposite a nation sent a absolute summary to President Trump, responding to his debate and latest chatter propelling owners to “fire or suspend” players who criticism by not station for a inhabitant anthem.

The inhabitant arrangement was one a boss praised in a midafternoon tweet, in that he settled that “Standing with sealed arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!”

The day of demonstrations began in London, with a 9:30 a.m. EDT kickoff between a Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars and they usually strong as a 1 p.m. games arrived. Most clear was a steer of a dull Pittsburgh Steelers sideline in Chicago. Coach Mike Tomlin elite to keep his players in a locker room altogether.

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Steelers descent tackle Alejandro Villanueva, a former Army Ranger, chose to mount during a conduct of a hovel heading onto a margin rather than sojourn in a locker room. Although Tomlin and several members of a staff were on a field, a organisation remained inside.

Both a Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans followed a Steelers’ example. The Seahawks pronounced in a statement: “As a team, we have motionless we will not attend i a inhabitant anthem. We will not mount for a misapplication that has tormented people of tone in this country. Out of adore for a nation and in respect of a sacrifices finished on a behalf, we combine to conflict that would repudiate a many simple freedoms. We sojourn committed in stability to work towards equivalence and probity for all.”

The stage was a small opposite in Gillette Stadium, where a few New England Patriots players took a knee and fans booed and chanted “Stand Up!”

In Philadelphia, Eagles owners Jeffrey Lurie stood on the sideline during a anthem and reserve Malcolm Jenkins, as he always does, lifted his fist. Eagles players compared arms  as did Giants players opposite a field.

In London, before a start of a day’s initial NFL game, Ravens Coach John Harbaugh assimilated his players, joining arms, and Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis took a knee. Jaguars owners Shahid Khan sealed arms with his players and a Jaguars’ coaches. Khan, who donated to Trump’s initial committee, is believed to be a second owners to attend in events compared to anthem protests. Cleveland Browns owners Jimmy Haslam stood on margin and sealed arms with players, troops crew and initial responders in Week 1 of a 2017 season.

In Detroit, Atlanta Falcons owners Arthur Blank assimilated his players on a field.

The diversion in London offering a initial manifest response to Trump’s Sunday morning messages.

“If NFL fans exclude to go to games until players stop disrespecting a Flag Country,” Trump tweeted at 6:44 a.m., “you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!”

Trump went on to add that “NFL assemblage and ratings [are] WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, though many stay divided since they adore a country. League should behind U.S.”

That continued a Friday night tirade in which President Trump used a impertinence to report NFL players who kneel during a inhabitant anthem to criticism military savagery and amicable inequality brought a swell of responses from players, a NFL commissioner, a conduct of a NFL players’ kinship and some-more than a half-dozen owners. It brought defamation from a NBA’s biggest stars and ensured that Sunday’s games will now concentration on a White House.

Patriots owners Robert Kraft, who gave $1 million to Trump’s initial and presented him with a Super Bowl LI ring, pronounced in a matter Sunday that he was “deeply unhappy by a tone” of Trump’s comments.

“I am unapproachable to be compared with so many players who make such extensive contributions in definitely impacting a communities,” Kraft said. “Their efforts, both on and off a field, assistance move people together and make a village stronger. There is no larger unifier in this nation than sports and, unfortunately, zero some-more divisive than politics. we consider a domestic leaders could learn a lot from a lessons of teamwork and a significance of operative together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, courteous and caring deeply about a village and we support their right to peacefully impact amicable change and lift recognition in a demeanour that they feel is many impactful.”

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin shielded Trump’s comments, observant that players “have a right to have their First Amendment off a field. This is a job.”

The Raiders’ starting descent linemen, who contain a usually African-American section in a league, devise to kneel or lay as a organisation Sunday night, a NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports. They have a full support of owners Mark Davis, who told ESPN: “Over a final year … a streets have gotten prohibited and there has been a lot of immobile in a atmosphere and recently, fuel has been combined to a fire. we can no longer ask a organisation to not contend something while they are in a Raider uniform. The usually thing we can ask them to do is do it with class. Do it with pride. Not usually do we have to tell people there is something wrong, we have to come adult with answers. That’s a plea in front of us as Americans and tellurian beings.”

On Saturday, players reacted quickly. Martellus Bennett stated bluntly, “I’m ok with being dismissed for what we trust in.” Richard Sherman, his brother’s teammate in Seattle, tweeted: “The function of a boss is unsuitable and needs to be addressed.”

A series of owners spoke adult in invulnerability of their players’ First Amendment rights. “Comments like we listened [Friday] night from a boss are inappropriate, descent and divisive,” Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch pronounced in a corner statement. “We are unapproachable of a players, a immeasurable infancy of whom use a NFL height to make a certain disproportion in a society.”

The comments seem to have finished something formerly unthinkable: ordering NFL players and owners. Early Sunday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive executive DeMaurice Smith spoke on a write Saturday, though did not coordinate their response to them, according to one chairman tighten to a situation.


Colin Kaepernick hasn’t spoken, though his mom certain did, telling Deadspin she had texted her sisters to send Trump’s “son of a b—-” comment. “‘You’re not gonna trust this,’” she says she told them. “‘The boss only called me a b—-.’ … We finished adult creation a lot of jokes about it and my one sister said, ‘Oh, gosh, subsequent he’ll be job we Rocket Mom.”

While no NFL contestant went as distant as LeBron James, who called a boss “a bum,” Trump ensured that teams spent Saturday determining what, if anything, to do by tweeting nonetheless again in a evening:

Top Story Lines

Marshawn Lynch and a Raiders are prepared for one final ride. Like The Post’s Kent Babb, you’re not invited.

Four NFL players pull Roger Goodell for activism month. Will a NFL be some-more open to a idea of expanding “Cleats for a Cause” week?

The boss has had a long, inclement attribute with football. The word “unrequited” describes Trump’s feelings for a NFL.

Chris Long of a Eagles creates a donation. The Charlottesville local is donating 6 diversion checks to account scholarships after a assault there.

Trump turns sports into a domestic battleground. The NFL and a NBA were squarely in a president’s sights.

Did a NFL make a mistake in putting dual teams in LA? Never mind Thursday night’s sparkling game. The interest hasn’t sparked yet.

Keep an eye on Jared Goff’s emergence. The destiny of a Redskins’ Kirk Cousin may be affected by it.

The Giants, Seahawks and Texans need to repair their descent lines. It’s already Week 3.

S’ua Cravens offers small idea about his future. Will he play again for a Redskins or has he really, truly retired?

The Redskins’ devise for a Raiders includes copiousness of using plays. If it’s not broken, there’s no need to repair it.

Injury News

Ravens far-reaching receiver Jeremy Maclin left a London diversion opposite a Jaguars to be evaluated for a concussion, though after returned to a game. Kelvin Benjamin left a Panthers’ diversion opposite a Saints and did not lapse after nutritious a leg injury.

Here are a inactives for a 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. games.

1 p.m. Inactives

Sammie Coates

Alfred Blue

Jordan Leggett

Stephon Tuitt

Myles Garrett

Vontae Davis

Chris Baker

Brent Grimes

Dont’a Hightower

Eric Rowe

Jordan Phillips

Rontez Miles

Rodney McLeod

4 p.m. inactives

Randall Cobb

Derron Smith

Mike Daniels

Jake Ryan

Davon House

Kentrell Brice

Hayes Pullard III


Ruled out Sunday

Andrew Luck

Sam Bradford

Tyler Eifert

John Ross

Rex Burkhead

Corey Davis

John Brown

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