At least three Miami Dolphins players took a knee during the playing of the national anthem Sunday as protests before NFL games stretch into a second week following President Trump’s attacks on players who kneel.
Photos posted to Twitter show members of the Dolphins kneeling together as the anthem played before their game against the New Orleans Saints, which is in London.
Three Dolphins took a knee this morning: Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas & Kenny Stills. pic.twitter.com/Tr5z95yGjQ— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 1, 2017
Dolphins players kneeling during national anthem. Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas, Julius Thomas pic.twitter.com/KJXAHbCMWP— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) October 1, 2017
Saints players took a knee before the anthem began, but then stood as it was played.
The Saints kneeled before the national anthem, then stood as it played. pic.twitter.com/Q6QxJXIf86— SB Nation (@SBNation) October 1, 2017
Saints stand for the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/1PEWAIG6OX— Doug Mouton (@DMoutonWWL) October 1, 2017
Whole Saints team is kneeling prior to the anthem pic.twitter.com/jnn5y4Wkcq— Amos Morale III (@Amos_MoraleIII) October 1, 2017
Demonstrations continued for a second week following Trump’s repeated criticism of players who kneel rather than stand during the anthem.
Last weekend Trump launched a series of tweets calling for NFL owners to fire players who take a knee and urging the NFL to implement a rule banning players from kneeling during the anthem, just a few days after he referred to players who don’t stand as “sons of bitches” during a rally in Alabama.
NFL players and owners responded in force last Sunday, with dozens of players kneeling or linking arms as the anthem played. Three teams remained in the locker room during the anthem, and several NFL owners joined their teams on the field during the demonstrations.
Trump has continued to call for an end to the protests, tweeting Saturday it was “very important” for NFL players to stand during the anthem. He also said the show of solidarity, "standing with locked arms is good" while "kneeling is not acceptable."
ESPN reported Sunday that at least one team, the New England Patriots, will stand before and during the anthem Sunday. The Patriots plan to stand with one hand on their heart and the other hand on the shoulder of a teammate in a display of “unity.”