The NFL league celebrated Veterans Day weekend by honoring the military with fewer players who protested during the playing of the national anthem.
The NFL Players Association had appealed with the players to respect a two-minute moment of silence before games to honor veterans.
Even players who had been demonstrating most of the season stood for the anthem this week, including the Seahawks Michael Bennett, who stood before Thursday night’s game.
Before the game between The San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants in San Francisco, three players knelt-Giants’ defensive end-Olivier Vernon and 49ers’ Eric Reid and Marquise Goodwin.
Even though Vernon’s father is a retired police officer, Olivier has been kneeling since Week 3.
The league has met pressure and difficulties with the new uproar over the protests on social media, such as the Facebook page called Boycott the NFL, which has more than 227,000 followers who asked football fans to skip watching Sunday’s games ‘in solidarity with veterans around the country.’
New York Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon also knelt. His father is a retired police officer but he has knelt since Week 3
The San Francisco 49ers’ Eric Reid and Marquise Goodwin were the only members of that team seen kneeling
San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin knelt during the performance of the national anthem before an NFL football game against Giants in Santa Clara
Players for the Indianapolis Colts were seen to be standing during the National Anthem before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers
For the first time since President Donald Trump criticized players for protesting, at the Tennessee Titans game, receiver Rishard Matthews walked onto the field holding hands with soldiers and stood with teammates for the anthem.
The NFL union declared that its members planned on paying respect with a moment of silence for veterans at the Sunday’s games-various teams planned on honoring the veterans in different ways- The Atlanta Falcons said each of their players would be wearing the initials of a fallen service member on a special helmet decal.
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the protest movement (he protests against inequality and police violence against minorities) last season and since then the NFL remains immersed in controversy as other players have continued the protests this season-by sitting, kneeling, or raising a fist during the anthem.
President Donald Trump called on the league to fire players who knelt during the anthem or be removed from the field. The president and other critics argued that the playing of the national anthem was the wrong time for protests, regardless of the reason, because the song represents U.S. national unity and respect for those who serve in the military.
The president’s comments exploded in a fierce public debate, with insolent players kneeling while owners and league executives struggled to figure out how to control the controversy.
In the meantime, Kaepernick continues to be unsigned and has filed a complaint that team owners plotted against him because of the protests – aimed at police brutality against African-Americans and other issues.
He previously led the 49ers to three NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl.