Two NFL teams stay in locker room to “oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms” during national anthem @jasonwolf/Twitter

There’s been plenty of NFL reaction on Sunday, but the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks took a bit of a different route ahead of their afternoon game.

The Seahawks and Titans both opted to stay in the locker room, according to team-issued releases.

Here’s what Seattle 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. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms. We remain committed in continuing to work towards equality and justice for all. Respectfully, the players of the Seattle Seahawks.”

And Tennessee:

“As a team, we wanted to be unified in our actions today. 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.”

All of the Pittsburgh Steelers but one player stayed in the locker room ahead of their 1 p.m. game against the Chicago Bears.

On Friday, Trump made headlines during an appearance in Alabama in which he commented on the league-wide national anthem protests by saying that NFL owners should respond to the player protests with the phrase “get that son of a bitch off the field.”

Wouldn’t you love one of these NFL owners… when someone disrespects our flag say, “Get that son of a bitch off the field, right now, out, he’s fired.”

The President doubled down on Saturday amid another battle he waged with former NBA MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, claiming he withdrew his invitation to visit the White House, which Curry and the team have stated they have no interest in previously.

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue responded to President Donald Trump’s critical comments of NFL players decision to protest social injustices prior to Sunday’s game between the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.

Tagliabue, who served as the NFL’s commissioner from 1989-2006, called Trump’s comments “insulting and disgraceful.”

“For me, to single out any particular group of players and call them ‘S.O.B.s,’ to me that’s insulting and disgraceful. So I think the players deserve credit, they should get credit for what they do and when it comes to speech they’re entitled to speak. We’re entitled to listen and disagree or agree for that matter, but we’re not entitled to shut anybody’s speech down and sometimes you don’t like what you hear, that’s true in life in lots of context, but you can’t shut people down and you can’t be disgraceful when you’re doing it.”

So far, we have seen statements from commissioner Roger Goodell, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and the Cleveland Browns’ Dee and Jimmy Haslam, among others.


Even former Ravens legend Ray Lewis, who criticized Kaepernick before, has reverse his position to join in solidarity with those in the NFL.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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