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Stars protest against NFL Trump jibes.

PLAYERS from three NFL teams stayed in their locker rooms as the national anthem was played ahead of their games yesterday as they responded to criticism from United States President Donald Trump.

At a rally in Alabama, Trump had delivered a scathing attack on NFL players who opt to kneel in protest when the Star-Spangled Banner is played, claiming team owners should sack those players and that fans should leave the stadium if they see it.

But while players from the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens defied Trump and knelt during the anthem at Wembley, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans took a different approach. Only the Steelers coaches were on the field for the anthem ahead of their game against the Chicago Bears, while both sets of players were absent at Nissan Stadium.

At Wembley, more than a dozen players took a knee as their national anthem played. Those who did not kneel linked arms, including Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who stood between Marcedes Lewis and Telvin Smith on the sidelines.

In the United States, pictures on the NFL website showed numerous players either standing or kneeling during the anthem, with several team owners standing and linking arms with players.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 25, 2017
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