The Pittsburgh Steelers players stood for the national anthem before their game against the New York Giants on Monday night and had a message for the fans watching at home.
The Pittsburgh players held a banner that read “Steelers Against Racism.” The banner also listed the players’ hometowns.
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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said in June that he would support the players if they decided to kneel.
“Our position is simple,” Tomlin said at the time. “We will support our players and their readiness to participate in this, whether it is statements or actions. You know my feelings, I have stated them in the past. The statements are good, but the impact is better. Particularly long-term impact. “
On the other hand, some New York Giants players knelt during the anthem.
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The teams used different approaches in their demonstrations during the first week of the season. Players remained in the locker room for the national anthem and playing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Other teams were left out of both songs.
One of the most unique demonstrations took place during Sunday’s game between the Atlanta Sokols and the Seattle Seahawks. The players took a knee during the initial start.
The NFL expressed its support for the players’ decision.
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“During Kickoff in Atlanta, players from both teams exercised their right to address the social injustices that have existed in the black community for many years. We stand by the players in the pursuit of a tie, “the NFL wrote in its official account.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.