President Donald Trump's profane criticism of NFL players is "un-American," says a performer who took a knee and raised his fist in protest after singing the national anthem on Sunday in Detroit. Rico Lavelle tells Newsweek that he made his own protest after his rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" because it was "his duty" to support the athletes in the midst of Trump's attack on players who peacefully protest.
Some Detroit Lions players are expected to protest during the anthem before today's game against the Atlanta Falcons No Detroit Lions have taken part in protests during the national anthem over the last year, but team president Rod Wood said today that the organization supports anyone who might feel the urge to going forward. "They’re all individuals," Wood said before today's game against the Atlanta Falcons. "They’re entitled to their opinions and free speech is part of what this country is about, so whatever they decide to do is up to them and as I said, we support the players." NFL players are expected to protest en masse today after President Donald Trump criticized those who have taken
Protests rippling across the NFL on Sunday weren't limited to owners and players taking a knee or locking arms. Rico LaVelle, a Detroit artist who sang the national anthem ahead of the Lions’ game against the Atlanta Falcons, took a knee as he sang the word "brave" and raised his fist at the song's conclusion. His move came as more than 100 players around the NFL used Sunday's games to take a knee, lock arms or simply remain in the locker room to avoid the national anthem altogether. The events on Sunday, in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick's protest against police treatment of African-Americans, were also partly a reaction to President Donald Trump's tweets and comments at an Alabama rally