The Tennessee Titans are joining the Seattle Seahawks in deciding not to come out for the national anthem.
Members of the Seahawks and Titans made a decision to sit out the national anthem in the wake of President Trump's comments attacking NFL players who kneeled during the anthem.
"As a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem", the statement reads.
Players from both teams remained in their lockers rooms during the song in a joint protest. "Our commitment to the military and our community is resolute and the absence of our team for the national anthem shouldn't be misconstrued as unpatriotic".
Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who has been a strong backer of the president, expressed "deep disappointment" with Trump and said politicians could learn much from the unifying spirit of football. Offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, a West Point graduate and Army war veteran, reportedly stood in a tunnel just off the field during the anthem while his teammates stayed on the locker room. If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn't be forced to choose sides.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017.our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem.
Statement from #Titans organization on Titans vs. Seahawks national anthem. "He's fired. He's fired, '" Trump said.
"We're not going to play politics".
Seattle has been one of the more outspoken teams in professional sports on social issues, led by Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin.
Minutes after the Seahawks message, the Tennessee Titans followed suited. Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has taken heat for quarterback Colin Kaepernick's struggle to find a team, quickly condemned Trump's comments.