About 30 players on the San Francisco 49ers knelt during the national anthem Sunday, with a standing player placing a hand on the shoulder of a kneeling player in front of him.

The 49ers also released a statement in support of the players, calling the demonstration a “representation of how we hope our country can also come together by putting differences aside and solving its problems.”


“For more than a year, members of our team have protested the oppression and social injustices still present in our society. While some may not have taken a knee or raised a fist, we have shared the desire to influence positive change,” the statement read.

“Today, our team chose to publicly display our unity in a new way and, in turn, urge others do the same.”

The team posted a video of the players participating in the demonstration ahead of their game against the Arizona Cardinals with the caption “Together.”

NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick first began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality while he was with the 49ers last season.

President Trump began a series of attacks on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem last month, demanding that NFL owners fire players who participate in the demonstration.

NFL players fired back the Sunday after Trump’s comments by continuing to protest during the anthem, with some kneeling or locking arms in solidarity. Three teams stayed off the field during the anthem entirely.