Redskins release statement on unity during national anthem

A Washington Redskin helmet sits on the turf during warmups at the last day of the Redskins NFL football teams training camp in Richmond, Va., Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)(AP/Steve Helber)

WASHINGTON — As the national anthem rang through FedEx Field, D.C.’s football team released a statement on bringing unity, civility and respect.

Several players of the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders knelt during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” while linking hands with players who were standing up. Redskins team owner Dan Snyder linked arms with players, as well.

On Friday while stumping for Alabama Republican senate Candidate Luther Strange, President Donald Trump criticized football players who refused to stand for the national anthem and urged team owners to fire these players.

“That’s a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,” Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired.”

The president’s tweetstorm was not just limited to football players. His next tweets rescinded the invitation to visit the White House to National Basketball Association champions the Golden State Warriors because of Steph Curry’s hesitation to attend.

Following Trump’s rebuff, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser invited the Golden State Warriors to visit the nation’s capital, promising to show the team “DC values.”

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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