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Anthem Protests Continue at Lions vs. Falcons Game — And It’s Not Just the Players on Their Knees

Prior to the Detroit Lions versus Atlanta Falcons game, Rico LaVelle sang the national anthem, but he did something no one was expecting.

As he was hitting his last note, the singer dropped to one knee and put up a fist in protest. Watch:

This, of course in response to President Donald Trump’s comments made toward those choosing to “disrespect the flag” and calling NFL owners to tell them that they’re “fired!”

Other players — and even the Falcon’s owner — joined the singer in protest as they linked arms and knelt:

https://twitter.com/SInow/status/91200046475712102

Almost one-third of the players in the NFL were expected to protest the anthem on Sunday.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. John

    September 25, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Do not pay him for singing the national anthem.

  2. Fannie

    September 25, 2017 at 1:19 am

    I shared to Facebook – if they allow it to stay

    • Rogelio Escobedo

      September 25, 2017 at 1:35 am

      IN MY OPINION: HE HAD THE GUTS TO STAND UP TO TRUMP’S RED FLAGS OF RACISM!GO SINGER! KNEEL AGAIN UNTIL TRUMP IS IMPEACHED OR DEFEATED AT THE POLLS-IF THE RUSSIANS DO NOT HACK THE COUNTING MACHINES! —SEMPER FI!

  3. Pat Hampton

    September 25, 2017 at 1:20 am

    This is nauseating. They need to read the NFL By-laws which states they must stand and respect the flag.

  4. Leona

    September 25, 2017 at 1:21 am

    I will not support players not standing for an anthem whether they are black, blue, white or green! This is not about a race it is about the players ON THE JOB and we are the ones paying them with the out of line prices and food!

  5. Rogelio Escobedo

    September 25, 2017 at 1:32 am

    IN MY OPINION: THIS FAKE PETITION IS MORE TRUMP ORIENTED THAN THAN A TRUE ONE. “Dear NFL: We will not support millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our Armed Forces and Veterans. Who wins a football game has ZERO impact on our lives. Who fights for and defends our nation has every impact on our lives. We stand with the Heroes, not a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American, degenerates. Signed, we the people.” THE PLAYERS DO NOT HATE AMERICA OR DISRESPECT OUR ARMED FORCES AND VETERANS. —WHY DON’T YOU FACE IT-IT IS TRUMP THAT THEY ARE PROTESTING ABOUT-NOT AMERICA-NOT THE MILITARY-NOT THE VETERANS! —WHOEVER WROTE THAT PETITION IS LYING: THEY DO NOT STAND WITH THE HEROES-THEY STAND WITH TRUMP HIDING BEHIND A “FAKE PATRIOTISM.” —THE PETITION IS BEING USED TO COVER UP TRUMP’S INCOMPETENCE AND RED FLAGS OF RACISM! —WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO FOOL-THE GULLIBLE TRUMP SUPPORTERS WHO THINK TRUMP IS GOD TO THEM? —SEMPER FI!

    • Cesar EVANGELSTA

      September 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

      I am not a “Fake Patriot” and “Gullible Trump Supporter according to your OPINION.. i KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT A PATRIOT WHO FOUGHT IN TWO WARS FOR OUR COUNTRY AS I DID. I AM SO DISGUSTED BY YOUR POINT OF VIEW ABOUT PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WHO WAS DERAILED BY THE LIBERAL MAIN STREAM MEDIA.. TRUMP IS MY VOICE AND COINCIDES WITH THE MAJORITY OF AMERICAN VOTERS SENTIMENTS. HE IS NOT RACIST NOR A FASCIST AND IS NO MORE DIVISIVE THAN OBAMMER WHO WOULD APOLOGIZE AND EVEN ENCOURAGE CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AND LAWLESSNESS!

    • Dean

      October 22, 2017 at 2:15 am

      SEMPER FU. What kind of crap are you throwing out? How about kneeling in England for the National Anthem and standing for ‘God Save the Queen.’ You call yourself a veteran? You’re a liar, and if you aren’t, you’re no brother of mine. I could care less about Trump but I do care about what this country was founded on, what I swore an oath to. Yeah, they’ve got that freedom, but let me ask…

      Can you protest in Uniform? Hell no! You can’t show any political protests while you’re in Uniform, it’s against UCMJ. Why, pray tell, should a state, and federally, funded organization be allowed to protest while doing their job? My God, they can throw and catch a ball! SEMPER FI, HOO’AH, And the army keeps rolling along.

      And then we had the Saints who decided to kneel after a Black officer got shot and killed by, oh my gawd, a black man! A moment of silence, for another oath keeper. A man that swore the same damn oath that you (maybe.) and I did. No, you aren’t a soldier, you aren’t a marine, you aren’t a brother.

      From what I read from you so far, you’re the one upset by Trump, that you’re entire situation is to go against Trump. So what? What is the NFL kneeling for? Are they upset by police killing black men? (For God’s sake, we’ve got plenty of statistical, and video, data to debunk that myth. So far I’ve seen one bit of footage that I’d say, without a shadow of a doubt, should have those officers behind bars, or executed and that was a kid playing pretend in a Gazebo)

      What we have here isn’t just a failure to communicate. We have a civie trying to play military. Get the hell out of here, Oath Breaker.

  6. James Hill

    September 25, 2017 at 1:45 am

    I am sick and tired of these turncoats. They get paid big bucks, and then, blame the American flag. Pukes, that is what they are. Hey morons, how about the American flag you have on your Helmet????! As to Rogelio Escobedo, and his hilarious stupid comment, dude, you probably do not even have your citizenship.As far as Trump you little bastard, He stood up to the liberal anti American crap which you are so willing to stand up for. Hey LEAVE. Take with you the little snot nosed players who take a knee and not stand for our Country. Puke.

  7. Tom Cain

    September 25, 2017 at 6:53 am

    It is UN-AMERICAN and anyone who approves it is a real sicko

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