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

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

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

"We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country", the Seahawks said in a statement. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Steelers players made a decision to stay in the locker room - except one - rather than come out for the anthem prior to their game against the Chicago Bears.

All but one Green Bay Packers' player remained in the locker room during the national anthem.

Players from multiple NFL teams have been kneeling during the national anthem after Trump called for players who do so to be fired.

The rationale behind the Steelers' decision, according to coach Mike Tomlin, was that it removed the politics from the situation and didn't force players to pick sides.

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Team president Art Rooney II released a statement regarding the pregame protest.

"As a team, we wanted to be unified in our actions today", the players said in a statement posted on the Titans' website. "We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences", the Green Bay Packers' statement said.

The president's remarks provoked team owners and the National Football League to stridently defend the sport and its players.

In a sign of solidarity, the Pittsburgh Steelers stayed in the locker room during the national anthem before their 1 p.m. ET kickoff with the Chicago Bears. At least seven of them did, joined by more than a dozen Jacksonville Jaguars, before the teams played in London.

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What may complicate matters is that players may be required to be on the field for the anthem.

After Trump's comment, many professionals in different fields including entertainment chose to show their displeasure in different ways.

Players took the field within a few seconds of the anthem's end, just after fireworks launched, with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger one of the first players out of the tunnel.

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