Jaguars Owner Shad Khan Issues Statement After Joining Team Protest

Jaguars Owner Shad Khan Issues Statement After Joining Team Protest

"I just wanted to show them that I was with them today, especially in the backdrop of our president making the comments about our players, about their mothers", Alexander said.

The athletes, appearing to take a united stance against President Donald Trump's recent railing against National Football League player Colin Kaepernick and other players kneeling during the "Star Spangled Banner", linked arms with each other at Wembley Stadium.

One team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, stayed in the locker room during "The Star-Spangled Banner".

One Steelers player didn't remain in the locker room during the anthem; starting left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who was an Army Ranger before joining the National Football League, stood just outside the player's tunnel at Soldier Field.

"It was a privilege to stand on the sidelines with the Jacksonville Jaguars today for the playing of the US national anthem at Wembley Stadium".

"From the people I've spoken with - GMs, coaches, players - it will be an unprecedented day in @NFL". Trump was speaking at a rally Friday in Alabama.

NBA stars have also become involved in the issue, with LeBron James describing US President Donald Trump on Saturday as a "bum" over comments he made about fellow basketball star Steph Curry.

On Sunday Trump took to social media again prior to kick-off at Wembley. Those who did not kneel linked arms, including Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who stood between Marcedes Lewis and Telvin Smith on the sidelines.

Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles also locked arms with his teammates. No players knelt during the British anthem.

Bisciotti said at a fan forum at M&T Bank Stadium in July, which was attended by Goodell, that he didn't like how Kaepernick sat for the anthem, but he did appreciate how he went from sitting to kneeling.

"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team".

The Seattle Seahawks followed the Steelers' lead, releasing a statement saying the team would not participate in the national anthem.

"The callous and offensive comments made by the president are contradictory to what this great country stands for", York said. Former Raven Ray Lewis, an honorary captain for the game, also took a knee during the anthem in between Mosley and Wallace.

Tweet Embed: https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/911949925960822784 Trump: Hey NFL owners, fire players if they protest! "Fire or suspend!" the president said in a Sunday morning tweet.

Responding on Twitter later Sunday, Trump applauded the idea of protests by linking arms rather than taking a knee. "Not to be disrespectful to the anthem, to remove ourselves from the circumstance". Mnuchin added that "they can do free speech on their own time".

The latest came on Sunday morning from the New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who said he was "deeply disappointed" in the president's views.

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