Two singers have joined NFL players to take a knee during the national anthem today to show their defiance to President Donald Trump's criticism.
At least 100 players kneeled or sat down in protest and one team remained in the locker room. Singer Megan Lindsey took a knee at the end of her performance of the national anthem before a game between the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks. Earlier singer Rico LaVelle did the same after performing ahead of the Detroit Lions clash with the Atlanta Falcons.
Most teams in the early afternoon games locked arms in solidarity. At least three team owners joined their players.
More than 100 players sat or knelt, the form of protest started last season by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick is now a free agent, and supporters believe teams have avoided signing him because of his protest.
The Pittsburgh Steelers remained in the locker room as the national anthem played before their game with the Chicago Bears. Coach Mike Tomlin stood by himself on the sideline.
How each team would observe the national anthem emerged as the center of attention on this NFL Sunday in the wake of Trump's critical remarks toward players who don't stand for the anthem.
Tomlin had said before the game that Pittsburgh's players would remain in the locker room and that "we're not going to let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda." Tomlin added that the Steelers made this choice "not to be disrespectful to the anthem but to remove ourselves from this circumstance. People shouldn't have to choose.