#TakeAKnee: Celebs And NFL Stars React To Trump's Latest Criticism Of National Anthem Protests

Sydney Scott Sep, 25, 2017

After Trump’s call to fire players who decide to protest the national anthem, various teams have spoken out against the president’s remarks. 

Over the weekend, numerous players decided to #TakeAKnee in response to Trump with others linking arms in solidarity. 

Celebs also joined the movement, which will surely lead to more people taking a knee to protest Trump’s divisive rhetoric. 

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Many players knelt during the national anthem, while their teammates joined them in solidarity by linking arms.

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The Jets locked arms during their game against the Miami Dolphins.

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Ten players sats for the national anthem, including Rafael Bush, Kenny Vaccaro, Chris Banjo, Alex Okafor, Sheldon Rankins, Cameron Jordan, Adrian Peterson, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, and Brandon Coleman.

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Later, the team issued a statement: "Our organization takes great pride in equality and inclusion and find the comments by the President disappointing and inappropriate relative to our players on this issue...Our players and our organization serve the New Orleans community selflessly and do so without care of race, creed or sexual orientation and that makes us a better city and a better team."

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Despite booing from the crowd, various Colts players decided to take a knee in protest against Donal Trumps remarks.

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Various players knelt and linked arms in response to Trumps call to fire players who protested the national anthem.

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On Sunday, the Falcons joined their opponents, the Detroit Lions, by taking a knee or linking arms. 

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Numerous players decided to protest Trump's comments despite fans vocal disapproval Sunday, during the team's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

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DeShone Kizer, quarterback for the Browns, told reporters after the game, "Once again, this is a tragedy in this country that we have to sit here and still have these discussions. I know for a fact that I'm no son of a bitch and I plan on continuing forward and doing whatever I can from my position to promote the equality that's needed in this country."

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While their fans booed, Patriots players took a stand against Trump by taking a knee. 

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Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Mike Wallace, Lardarius Webb, Tony Jefferson and more took a knee with team owner Steve Biscotti stating "we respect their demonstration and support them 100 percent."

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Quarterback Tom Brady even called Trump's comments "divisive," saying, "I certainly disagree with what he said."

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Many players knelt with others locking arms in solidarity against Trump's latest comments about the NFL.

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Many Broncos players took a knee before their game against the Buffalo Bills. 

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Prior to their game against the Denver Broncos, the Bills took a knee during the national anthem.

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The Dolphins joined the protest against Trump and, later, safety Michael Thomas got emotional speaking to reporters about why he decided to take a new. "As a man, a father, as an African-American man, as someone in the NFL, as one of those son of b----hes, yeah I took it personally. But it’s bigger than me," he said. "I’ve got a daughter, and she’s going to have to live in this world. And I gotta do what I got to do to make sure she can look at her dad and be like ‘Hey, you did something to try and make a change.'"

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DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans took a knee while other players linked arms. Jackson tweeted Saturday, "I definitely will be making a statement no disrespect to our military of service But we have to stick together as people!!"

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Houston Texans owner Bob McNair issued a statement on Sunday firing back at Donald Trump, "The NFL specifically, and football in general, has always unified our communities and families. The comments made by the President were divisive and counterproductive to what our country needs right now." 

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The team's cornerback, Josh Norman, told reporters after their game against the Oakland Raiders, "What president?” Not my president. He was chosen, true. But when a president acts like that, what do you say to that? That’s not someone that stands with dignity, pride, respect, honor. Where’s the honor in that? Where’s the dignity in that? Where is anything that’s prideful in doing what you did? Words are powerful. They can either unite you, or they can divide you. So what he said united us."

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Many members of the team remained on the bench during the national anthem. Team owner Mark Davis said he supported their decision.

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Wonder made a statement by kneeling during the Global Citizen Festival.

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Williams decided to take a knee during Concert for Charlottesville on Sunday.

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The actress shared a photo of the Star Trek: Discovery team taking a knee on the night of the show's premiere.

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Aduba took a stand by taking a knee.