Eagles players link arms during national anthem

PHILADELPHIA, PA (WTXF/AP) -- Ahead of Sunday's game against the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles players responded to the president's recent remarks by linking arms during the playing of the national anthem.

Philadelphia Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie joined the onslaught of NFL team owners responding to the president's comments about national anthem protests by releasing a statement late Saturday night.

President Trump denounced protests by NFL players and rescinded a White House invitation for NBA champion Stephen Curry in a two-day rant that targeted top professional athletes and brought swift condemnation Saturday from league executives and star players alike.

Wading into thorny issues of race and politics, Trump's comments in a Friday night speech and a series of Saturday tweets drew sharp responses from some of the nation's top athletes, with LeBron James calling the president a "bum." Hours later, Major League Baseball saw its first player take a knee during the national anthem.

Later, Trump reiterated what he said at a rally in Alabama the previous night - that NFL players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired, and called on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to tell them to stand.

The Warriors said it was made clear to them that they were not welcome at the White House.

Several NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice. Last week at NFL games, four players sat or knelt during the anthem, and two raised fists while others stood by the protesters in support.

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