Seahawks & Titans stay in locker rooms during national anthem
NASHVILLE (KOMO) - The Seattle Seahawks remained in the locker room during the national anthem of Sunday's game in Nashville.
Beforehand, the Seahawks in a tweet said: "As a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem. We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country."
After leaving the locker room, the Seahawks walked out arms-linked and a handful of players from both teams knelt in their respective end zones before taking the field.
This comes after the controversial comments made by President Donald Trump at a rally in Alabama on Friday, criticizing NFL player's kneeling on the sidelines before football games.
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired," Trump said Friday night.
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has knelt during the anthem in each of the four preseason games as well as the prior two regular season games.
He responded to President Trump's comments on Twitter Saturday: "My mom is a beautiful lady she has never been a bitch."
Wide receiver Doug Baldwin, defensive back Richard Sherman, and head coach Pete Carroll also released statements Saturday against the president's rhetoric.
"In this incredibly polarizing time, there’s no longer a place to sit silently." said Carroll in a statement.
President Trump doubled down on his Friday statements on Sunday saying, "I think the owners should do something about it. I think it's very disrespectful to our flag and our country."
Meghan Lindsey performed the Star Spangled Banner on Sunday in Nashville.
Lindsey took a knee at the end of the anthem at Nissan Stadium.
The Tennessee Titans also stayed in the locker room during the pregame anthem.
"As a team, we wanted to be unified in our actions today," the team said in a statement on Sunday.
"The players jointly decided this was the best course of action. Our commitment to the military and our community is resolute and the absence of our team for the national anthem shouldn't be misconstrued as unpatriotic."