WASHINGTON DC -- The most vocal NFL owner, Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, took a knee with his players Monday night continuing a discussion about racial injustice that began with Colin Kaepernick one year ago and blew up over the weekend.
It was in response to critical comments from President Donald Trump who encouraged NFL owners to fire players who refuse to stand during the playing of the National Anthem.
Every team, including the Washington Redskins, released statements standing with their players who kneel in protest.
Redskins owner, Daniel Snyder, was one of a handful of owners who joined his players on the sideline locked arm in arm.
"Football has always served as the great unifier, bringing people together to celebrate the values of courage, commitment and achievement. We are proud of the players, coaches and fans of the Washington Redskins for all that they have done to improve the lives of others in neighborhoods all across our region," read a statement from the team.
“We are also grateful for the sacrifices made by the brave men and women of our armed forces that have provided us the freedom to play football. In that great tradition, the Washington Redskins will work to address divisions and bring unity, civility and respect to our greater community."
Josh Norman and Vernon Davis addressed the issue following the Redskins victory 27-10 Sunday night against the Raiders.
"The President just said something inappropriate so I just feel like Trump, being in the position he is in, he's able help-- he's able to give people what they want they right way," said Davis.
A Reuters poll (released before this weekend's news) found 61 percent of Americans don't agree with taking a knee during the National Anthem ad 72 percent found it unpatriotic.