Before Sunday’s game at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota Vikings locked arms during the anthem, but made no further gestures in response to Donald Trump’s recent comments regarding players who kneel for the anthem.
Included in the interlocking of arms was general manager Rick Spielman and owners Mark and Zygi Wilf.
On the other sideline, several Tampa Bay Buccaneers players kneeled for the anthem, including star wide receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.
Trump said during a rally in Alabama that NFL players should be “fired” for kneeling during the anthem. Since his comments, players across the NFL and NBA have tweeted responses, including LeBron James, Chris Paul, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin.
Asked for his opinion on the situation, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said: “I’m glad our guys are a team. I’m a football coach, I’m not a politician. I’m not going to get into any of that.”
Zimmer said he did not mention the situation to his players before the game.
Said wide receiver Adam Thielen: “I think that we have a brotherhood in this locker room. We don’t care who we’re playing with we’re all brothers, we love each other and we’re going to go out and fight for each other. We have a lot of respect for this country, but at the same time we know that there’s things that need to be talked about.”
Prior to the start of Jaguars vs. Ravens in London, multiple players on both teams kneeled and Jags owner Shad Khan locked arms with players.
The Vikings issued the following statement: