Of those who participated in a protest of locked arms with players was Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, who stood beside TE Mercedes Lewis and LB Telvin Smith. "To be quite honest with you, I didn't appreciate our football team being dragged into politics this weekend". "We have a great country. But in this situation if the team decided that we, all of us, were going to wait in the tunnel while the national anthem is being played, that was the protocol that should have been followed".
The NFL's response to Trump's ire - which Deadline covered extensively yesterday - continued this morning when players for the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars kneeled as the American national anthem played during the start of their game at London's Wembley Stadium.
"People shouldn't have to choose" whether to kneel or stand during the anthem, he said. We're not going to allow divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda.
The Steelers made a decision to stay in the tunnel during the anthem after a lengthy meeting at the team hotel Saturday night. The Pittsburgh Steelers team announced they would not be leaving the locker room until after the traditional opening of the game, on September 24, 2017.
His comments sparked a firestorm of criticism from several angles, with professional athletes across multiple leagues, NFL owners and even league Commissioner Roger Goodell joining in a chorus to call Trump's remarks "divisive" and "disrespectful".
'If a guy feels the need to do something, he shouldn't be separated from his team mate who chooses not to'.
Many members of the Pittsburgh Steelers were surprised to see Alejandro Villanueva emerge from the Soldier Field tunnel during Sunday's national anthem, according to a source.
Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in a pregame radio interview that coach Pete Carroll met with a few players individually Saturday, prior to a "pretty emotional" meeting by the entire team later that night.
The Steelers are playing against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in the third game of the season.
Brandon Marshall takes a knee during the National Anthem before the Broncos home game against the Indianapolis Colts on September 18, 2016.
"I was looking for 100 percent participation".
Protests during the national anthem began a year ago when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest the treatment of black Americans, especially by the police.
"If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast", Trump wrote. "League should back U.S.", Trump also tweeted Sunday.