The Pittsburgh Steelers players sang the national anthem ahead of their game against the New York Giants on Monday night and had a message for fans watching at home.
Pittsburgh players had a banner titled “Steelers Against Racism.” The banner also listed each of the players’ hometowns.
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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in June that he would support players if they chose to kneel.
“Our position is simple,” Tomlin said at the time. “We want to support our players and their willingness to participate in this, whether it is statements or actions. You know my feelings, I̵
On the other hand, some New York Giants players knelt under the anthem.
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Teams have taken different approaches in their demonstrations during the first week of the season. Players have stayed in the locker room for the national anthem and played “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Other teams have stayed out of both songs.
One of the more unique demonstrations took place during Sunday’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks. Players took a knee under the opening park.
The NFL expressed its support for the players’ decision.
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“During the Kickoff in Atlanta, players on both teams exercised their right to point out social injustices that have persisted in the black community for many years. We stand by the players in the search for equality, “the NFL tweeted on its official account.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.