In what seemed like an attempt to make amends with alienated fans who view them as the team that started players kneeling for the National Anthem, the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday unveiled an America-shaped flag during the singing of the Star Spangled Banner before their game against the Dallas Cowboys, but multiple players still took a knee.
All of the players on the Cowboys stood for the anthem, with the only show of protest on their team coming from defensive end David Irving, who raised a fist as the anthem concluded.
In total, five players on the 49ers kneeled.
President Trump last week urged his supporters to sign a petition in support of standing during the national anthem.
“The president has asked for a list of supporters who stand for the national anthem. Add your name below to show your patriotism and support,” says the petition by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee, a fundraising group.
The petition came days after NFL team owners, executives and players met in New York, where they decided that the league would not implement a rule forcing players to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Earlier this summer, Trump urged owners’ to bench players who kneel for the anthem, which prompted a litany of blowback from the liberal media.
Controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a member of the 49ers when he first kneeled for the anthem last year.
5 49ers keeled. No Cowboys. David Irving had his first over his heart then briefly raised it after the anthem pic.twitter.com/EL81xbt4oT
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) October 22, 2017
— Damian Trujillo (@newsdamian) October 22, 2017
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