NFL player demonstrations during the national anthem continued in London on Sunday, with three Miami Dolphins players kneeling during the rendition prior to their game against the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints kneeled before the anthem played, then stood and either interlocked arms or put their hands on their hearts during it. Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas, safety Michael Thomas and wide receiver Kenny Stills kneeled at Wembley Stadium, while the rest of the Dolphins stood as Darius Rucker sang The Star-Spangled Banner.
This comes after a week in which more than 250 players knelt during the anthem, actions that drew criticism from President Trump throughout the week; he tweeted for five days in a row about the anthem.
The president tweeted on Saturday night, “Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country.” He then retweeted a clip of a Nov. 9, 2016, NHL game in which fans stood and sang the anthem together.
The NFL player demonstrations expanded and drew more focus last week after Trump called those who didn’t stand “sons of bitches” and that they should be fired at a rally in Alabama.
Colin Kaepernick, a free agent quarterback, began protesting peacefully for racial equality last season during the anthem.