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NFL anthem reactions

Officials stand on the sideline of the Seattle Seahawks during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Neither team came out onto the field for the anthem. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NFL players protesting in response to Trump criticism

What began as a single backup quarterback kneeling during the national anthem in a preseason game has mushroomed in the past 13 months to a nationwide movement, one that’s spread from the football field to the White House and forced America to deal with questions of free speech and patriotism.

But President Donald Trump ratched the conversation to a higher level on Friday night when he called for the firing of kneeling players. The NFL responded to Trump’s statement by defending its players, and Trump in turn shot back at the NFL over the course of several tweets.

Jay Busbee

From locking arms to kneeling, NFL players and teams responded to those comments on Sunday.