DETROIT (WWJ) – Whether one took a knee or not — the message from players, coaches and owners around the National Football League was unified in support of peaceful protest.

Detroit Lions owner Martha Ford stood with arms linked with head coach Jim Caldwell and players along the sideline during the national anthem. Ford was among at least three team owners who joined players on the field.

Among the more than 100 players who knelled or sat during the anthem — eight were from the Detroit Lions.

Lions’ players Cornelius Washington, A’Shawn Robinson, Akeem Spence, Jeremiah Ledbetter, Steve Longa, Ameer Abdullah, Tahir Whitehead, and Jalen Reeves-Maybin and the singer, Rico Lavelle took a knee and raised his fist as he finished performing the national anthem.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reveals to @JamieErdahl that the team will not be participating in today’s national anthem.

A group of Saints players remains seated during the national anthem.

If peaceful protests did nothing, the powerful wouldn’t try so hard to silence them — wrote the NYACLU — all of this happening without Colin Kaepernick being on team this season.

The protests began last season when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee to draw attention to police violence against innocent black men. Kaepernick, who is a free agent, has not been signed to another NFL team, many speculate that is stems from his protest.

Comments (2)
  1. THE SHAMEFUL DETROIT LIONS ARE DEAD TO ME.

    YEARS OF LOSING, 0-16 SEASON, PLAYER MISBEHAVIOR, COACHING AND FRONT OFFICE DEBACLES DID NOT RUIN THE LIONS FOR ME. THE OWNER, BLACK LIES MATTER MARTHA MADE ME CHOSE BETWEEN MY COUNTRY AND THE ATHLETES WHO HATE AMERICA.

    LIMOUSINE LIBERAL MARTHA FIRESTONE FORD TOOK EVERYTHING THAT AMERICA HANDED HER: WEALTH, POWER, PRIVILEDGE AND PAMPERING AND USED HER POWER TO TAKE A SANCTIMONIOUS SLAP AT AMERICA, OUR PRESIDENT AND OUR MILITARY..

    BTW: I HAVE TWO FORDS THAT I NEED TO DUMP ON THE USED CAR MARKET.

  2. I could not agree with Lefty more. They are dead to me also. I will never watch the NFL again.

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