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Vikings lock arms during national anthem

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:

  • Based God

    Coller is the dumbest reporter. Way to be completely wrong yesterday Matthew.

    • cka2nd

      Well, thank God. At least we have right-wingers and left-wingers and centrists who can agree on ONE thing: they can’t stand Matthew Coller! Makes you feel warm all over, bringing people together like that, huh, Matt?

  • Wilbur One

    The Vikings made their statement of unity as a team. They did it in a mature manner that was not disrespectful towards anyone or anything in contrast to the self centered actions of others. I applaud them. Go Vikes!!!

    • Gordon Guffey

      Well said ~ And in far fewer words than I woulds use ~ LOL

      • Gordon Guffey

        This also makes their intent very clear ~

        Courtney Cronin
        ESPN Staff Writer

        Vikings safety Harrison Smith, who linked arms with General Manager Rick Spielman on Sunday during the National Anthem: It’s just a unified front.

        {{{{ Guys feel different ways about different things going on right now and we just wanted to show that guys from all different backgrounds — front office guys, ownership — we are all in this together. Just like we are all in this together as Americans’ }}}}

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  • Tokey Frankenhemp

    The unity that the team showed during the anthem was impressive. However, I think I saw one guy on his back and bouncing around on the field in full meltdown/tantrum mode. Kinda looked like Coller.

  • Gordon Guffey

    I happen to agree with Trump ~ I dont believe the winy A$$ from the Seahawks ~

    We have cops quitting at a rated never seen before ~ The inter cities will be a war zone before long ~ Glad I live in the country far away from this stupid crap ~ However if it comes this way I’m lucky to have some very good neighbors that I will gladly jump in the foxhole with ~ And guess what there are 10 to 15 off the top of my head who have different skin color than mine ~ But we are the kind of people who help each other when we can ~ Back before my back injury we had a barn raising for one Asian couple while helping a black couple put up a green house ~ And when some of the framers were cutting hay a couple of weeks ago I drove a truck ((( very slowly LOL ~ Like 2 miles a hour ~ With my meds its a good thing too ~ Smiley Face 🙂 )))) while about 12 to 15 neighbors threw the bails on the truck or stacking it on the back ~

    I’m so glad I live where people respect others ~ If someone has to take off for a couple of days their house is watched oh so closely ~ Its so great not to live in the city ~ I really dont think I could do it ~

  • Gordon Guffey

    I think the Steelers did it right also ~

    Roethlisberger explains why Steelers stayed in locker room for national anthem

  • Gordon Guffey

    I’m feed up with this who Social Justice Warrors ~ We all know the groups who shut down roads and burn someone else’s car or kill police men and women ~ And those who rioting on college campuses they dont even attend ~

    I’m talking about people out to rob~steal~destroy other peoples property while killing or beating just because they hold the upper hand in numbers ~

    And there are those in Pro Spots who are backing these people ~ If your standing up for all colors then fine ~ If your standing up for the men and women who serve this country I’m with you ~ All colors and walks of lives is a great thing to stand up for ~ However There is more to this for many who want to stand against most people in this country ~ This will get ugly before it gets better thats for sure ~

    Odd are I will be band for not agreeing with ESPN while be bashed for speaking freely ~ Trouble is come people ~ Better get ready for it if you live in a lot of the cities ~ There will be no easy way out ~

    Can we not just play some damn ball ~

    Its what the players get paid to do ~ I dont know of any normal work places that would put up with this kind of thing on the job ~ There would be some firings around Western NC ~ Thankfully there are no real problem people around Asheville NC yet ~ We mostly all get a long ~ Sure there are always trouble makes no matter where you live ~ People kill people ~ Here its mostly white on white and black on black ~ And the Mexicans on everyone else ~ And I’m speaking about the bad people ~ Not the normal everyday working people ~ Far more of us thank-goodness ~

    Just like the church shooting tonight in Tenn. ~ Things are only going to get worse people ~ It was a bi-color church ~ When we have stupidmean people lose in this country skin color doesn’t matter much ~

    As many as eight people were wounded and one dead in a shooting at a church in Antiochand , Tennessee, which is near Nashville. Jessica Davis/USA Today Network-Tennessee

  • Burt

    The NFL and the media have no idea what they did yesterday.

  • Gordon Guffey

    Donald Trump continues to take shots at NFL over flag
    Posted by Darin Gantt on September 25, 2017, 8:47 AM EDT

    If the NFL was hoping Donald Trump would move on to another issue, they were mistaken.

    The President continued his war on the NFL via Twitter this morning, holding up NASCAR (where owners threatened to fire drivers or crew members who protested during the anthem) as the model for sporting displays of patriotism.

  • Mark L

    This is hilarious trump is speaking his mind about other people speaking their mind and everyone thinks the other has no right to speak their mind.

    He says something and unites a whole kids game the NFL and gets all these guys coming together. Sounds like a patriotic move.

    This is what we get when we can’t handle the truth anymore a regular crazy guy is in the Oval Office and now we want someone to lie to us pretend he doesn’t have an opinion and read something that makes us all feel warm and fuzzy.

    • hugh mann

      If you’re having a stroke, press any key now. If you’re no, wtf is wrong with you? Are you 12?

      • Mark L

        Where am I wrong

        • Laurie May Swenson

          Hugh mann, i agree,

  • Tired of winning yet?

    Just remembered the boat ride. Good times!


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