National Football League (NFL) players from eight teams continued to disrespect the National Anthem played before games in the sixth week of the season.
At seven Sunday games, and at the previous Thursday’s game, the players from these eight teams protested during the National Anthem, ESPN reports:
San Francisco 49ers: there were seven 49ers kneeling during the anthem before Sunday’s game against Washington. Safety Eric Reid, safety Adrian Colbert, linebacker Dekoda Watson, receiver Marquise Goodwin, defensive lineman Arik Armstead, linebacker Eli Harold and cornerback K'Waun Williams knelt. The rest of the team locked arms and stood throughout the playing of the anthem.
New Orleans Saints: Most of the Saints players briefly knelt in unity before the anthem against the Lions, like they did in their game in Week 4, which was their last game before the bye. They then all stood during the anthem, with several players and coaches locking arms.
Philadelphia Eagles: Safety Malcolm Jenkins continued demonstrating for social justice by raising his first above his head during the national anthem prior to Thursday night's game at Carolina. Safety Rodney McLeod joined him by raising a fist. Defensive end Chris Long placed an arm around Jenkins as a sign of support.
Patriotic fans have responded by boycotting NFL games due to the protests, Independent Journal Review reports in a story featuring pictures of empty seats at Sunday’s games.