Viral photo shows teens stopping for the national anthem
Tomi Lahren cites unity after 9/11 to slam NFL players who kneel during anthem
Fox News' Tomi Lahren on Tuesday slammed NFL players who continue to kneel during the national anthem, saying that the American flag once brought people together after the 9/11 terrorist attacks 17 years ago.
"17 years ago Americans of all races, backgrounds, and political affiliations came together under the flag to comfort one another, hold our nation together and fight for our values as Americans," Lahren tweeted. "Today we have high-paid athletes who refuse to even stand to honor those values. Sad."
Lahren made the comments on the day the nation mourned the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, with led to nearly 3,000 deaths.
Her critical comments echoed previous ones she's made. In October 2017, she said she would "like to ask players 'what exactly are you kneeling for and why have you chosen the flag and the anthem to do it?'"
Colin Kaepernick became the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and racial injustice.
Three Miami Dolphins players kneeled during the national anthem of the team's NFL season opener on Sunday.
Many GOP lawmakers, including President Trump, have slammed players who kneel during the anthem, calling them unpatriotic and asking they be punished, though players have defended their actions as freedom of speech.
ESPN reported earlier this week the National Football League won't implement a new policy that would have forced players to stand for the national anthem if they were on the field, as conversations continue on the controversial topic.