NFL Players Kneel During National Anthem During Veterans Day Weekend

The Associated Press

Walter Burko describes NFL players kneeling during the national anthem as a "stab in the back".

On Sunday, Woody's Roadside Tavern held a special concert featuring members of the New Jersey-based country group After the Reign, with a portion of the proceeds going to veterans charities, including the Green Beret Foundation and the Special Forces Charitable Trust.

"Remember, several of the companies that do business with the National Football League like DirecTV and Anheuser-Busch have signaled just how bad of a PR disaster the protests have been", 2ndVote, which launched the hashtag #STANDwithVets, added.

The three represented the lowest number of kneelers since Week One of the NFL season, when three players sat or took a knee during the national anthem.

Earlier this month, Sporting News also reported that compared to the average number of viewers during the first half of the 2016 National Football League season, the average number of viewers for the first eight weeks of this season is down by 5 percent. The Texans didn't have any players protest in Week 9. Former Alabama standout Jarran Reed joined other Seattle Seahawks defensive linemen in sitting during the national anthem. Commissioner Roger Goodell said that players "should" stand for the anthem, but said that the focus should be on addressing the social issues that are motivating their protests. However, the players association did ask that all players observe a two-minute moment of silence Sunday to honor veterans.

So far, there have been no reports of player protests in early games, and even long-time protestors have avoided anything controversial.

The players' movement for social equality gained more attention this season, when President Donald Trump criticized National Football League players who lodge pregame protests, saying in a speech in Alabama on September 22 that he wished those players would be released. He also stood with teammates for the first time since President Donald Trump criticized players for protesting.

Jennifer Lee Chan of tweeted that Eric Reid and Marquise Goodin were the only members of the San Francisco 49ers to kneel. It was his first game since signing with the team this week. Additionally, various bars and pubs, such as Woody's Roadside Tavern in New Jersey and Halligan's Public House in NY, refused to show the league's games on their televisions over Veterans Day weekend. They then all stood during the anthem, with some players and coaches locking arms.

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