Members of the Jets and Giants joined players on other teams in protesting during the national anthem before NFL games on Sunday.
Players on the Jets and Giants locked arms during the anthem, while other players around the league took a knee or stayed in the locker room.
“It was an honor and a privilege to stand arm-in-arm unified with our players during (Sunday’s) National Anthem. We are very proud of our players and their strong commitment to work in our community to make a positive, constructive, and unifying impact,” Jets Chairman & CEO Christopher Johnson said in a statement.
The protest after President Donald Trump said NFL owners should fire players who refuse to stand for the national anthem. He called it disrespectful to the country and the American flag.
“Comments like we heard (Friday) night from the president are inappropriate, offensive and divisive. We are proud of our players, the vast majority of whom use their NFL platform to make a positive difference in our society,” Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said in a statement.
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