As he prepared to board Air Force One to return to Washington, D.C., from New Jersey, Trump said the players protesting the anthem were “very disrespectful to our country” and called again on owners to stop what he considers unpatriotic displays in America's most popular sport.
The president's attack on athletes turned the anthems – usually sung during commercials – into must-watch television shown live by the networks and Yahoo!, which streamed the game in London.
All but a handful of Raiders sat on their bench and seven Washington players took a knee while their teammates stood arm-in-arm along with owner Dan Snyder and president Bruce Allen.
It began with the president calling for NFL protesters to be fired and continued Saturday when he rescinded a White House invitation for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors over star Stephen Curry's Criticism.
Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson, whose brother, Woody, is the ambassador to England and one of Trump's most ardent supporters, called it “an honor and a privilege to stand arm-in-arm unified with our players during today's national anthem” in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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