About 20 players of the NFL’s New England Patriots took a knee during the national anthem on Sunday, which led many fans booing their players and even shouting at them to “stand up,” 100% Fed Up reports.
Before the Patriots’ matchup with the Houston Texans in Foxborough, Mass., the protesting players took a knee, marking the first time anyone on the defending Super Bowl champions had joined the controversial protest.
Quarterback Tom Brady, who supported Trump during the campaign, did not kneel, but he was locked in arms with other players while he placed his hand over his chest.
On Sunday, President Trump praised the players who stood and locked arms during the anthem, but insists that kneeling is not acceptable.
Trump’s comments last week that NFL owners should fire or suspend players who refuse to stand during the song launched a firestorm across the NFL.
Patriots owner and Trump supporter Robert Kraft said he was “deeply disappointed” with the president’s attack on the protest, in which he said owners should drop “the son of a bitch” who kneels during the anthem.