More than 200 professional football players around the NFL kneeled or sat during the national anthem during week three of the season, according to the Associated Press. The NFL players did so in protest of President Donald Trump’s criticism on Friday of players who protest police brutality during “The Star Spangled Banner” by refusing to stand or conduct other acts of defiance and stated those players should be fired. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling movement last year when he played for the San Francisco 49ers, refusing to stand during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest the treatment of black people by police. Kaepernick became a free agent and has not been signed by a new team for this season, according to the AP.
In this Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, the Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. What began more than a year ago with a lone NFL quarterback protesting police brutality against minorities by kneeling silently during the national anthem before games has grown into a roar with hundreds of players sitting, kneeling, locking arms or remaining in locker rooms, their reasons for demonstrating as varied as their methods. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)