MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - For the second consecutive week since President Donald Trump said NFL players who protest the national anthem should be fired, the Minnesota Vikings stood together with arms linked for the Star Spangled Banner.
Two Detroit Lions players -- Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Steve Longa -- took a knee, while their Detroit teammates stood with arms linked.
Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf and general manager Rick Spielman joined players in locking arms last week against Tampa Bay. The Wilfs have said they support the right of Vikings players to "respectfully and peacefully express their beliefs." No Vikings players ended up taking a knee last week or this week.
On Saturday, President Trump tweeted, “Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!”
Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has said he feels athletes should focus on fighting causes rather than kneeling, but respects their first amendment right.
NFL WEEK 4 ANTHEM UPDATE
Saints vs Dolphins in London: Three Miami Dolphins players -- Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills – each took a knee during the anthem. All New Orleans Saints players stood, locking arms.
Bills vs Falcons in Atlanta: Six Buffalo Bills players took a knee: Kaelin Clay, Cedric Thornton, Mike Tolbert, Shareece Wright, Taiwan Jones and Jerel Worthy. All Atlanta Falcons players stood, with some linking arms.
Patriots vs Panthers in New England: All Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots players stood for the anthem, with Patriots players holding their right hands over their hearts and their left hands on their teammate’s shoulder.
Titans vs Texans in Houston: One Tennessee Titans player – wide receiver Rishard Matthews – remained in the locker room. Four Titans players raised a fist in the air at the conclusion of the anthem. The Houston Texans stood together, with some players locking arms.
Ravens vs Steelers in Baltimore: The Pittsburgh and Baltimore players took a knee together before the anthem, then stood for the playing of the song. The coordinated knee was met with boos from the Baltimore crowd.
Jaguars vs Jets in New York: The Jacksonville Jaguars took a knee as a team, then stood for the anthem. The kneeling was met with boos from the New York crowd. The Jets stood as a team, with arms locked.
Rams vs Cowboys in Dallas: All Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys players stood for the anthem. Rams player Robert Quinn raised his fist and Cowboys player Damontre Moore raised a fist after the anthem played.