Baltimore Ravens' national anthem singer resigns, citing attacks on NFL player protests

Ravens and Jaguars players kneel lock arms together for anthem at London game

Football fans' boos and the calls for an NFL boycott bolstered President Trump's base after he slammed athletes refusing to stand for the national anthem, but he needs to leave the field in order to get the win, political strategists said.

Odoms, a Maryland National Guard member who served in Afghanistan, announced the move in a Facebook and Instagram post, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Weddle played in the rivalry for the first time past year after signing with the Ravens in free agency the previous offseason.

"We greatly appreciate the work Joey did for us and we thank him", Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne told the Baltimore Sun.

Pouncey said the players won't need to meet again Saturday to go over their anthem plans. So you don't have to convince me of that part.

According to The Root, Ray Lewis' statue that stands outside of Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, is the target of removal as outlined in a petition that has amassed over 54,000 signatures.

The issue of professional football players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest the treatment African-Americans receive from law enforcement had been largely confined to Colin Kaepernick, who infamously began the movement last season and now finds himself out of a job, and a few other players sprinkled among the more than 1,500 players on NFL sidelines each week.

The Ravens had approximately a dozen players, a group that included accomplished veterans Terrell Suggs, Tony Jefferson and Mike Wallace and ex-Raven Ray Lewis, take a knee during the anthem before the team's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London.

More than 150 players from almost every NFL team knelt during the national anthem yesterday - including 16 New England Patriots - with more like Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and all the Houston Texans locking arms with each other in solidarity, in protest of Trump's comments Friday calling for players who do not stand for the anthem to be fired.

Weddle said, "A lot of guys on this team were affected a great deal by what our president said".

Harbaugh is a very good coach just as his brother is, but he is not pushing his team to the same depths in the playoffs that they once saw.

In an interview with now-former Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly that aired prior to the Super Bowl in February, President Donald Trump defended his support of Russian President Vladimir Putin - someone O'Reilly had described as "a killer".

"I promise you this week that we'll all be standing out there for the national anthem. So what do I do, I can't grab an arm with them because that means I'm mad at what Trump said and I ain't in the league no more".

Earlier this week, the Pittsburgh Steelers reviewed an ugly 23-17 loss to the Chicago Bears and held a meeting over what transpired during Sunday's national anthem. So to be disappointed in me, it really, like, sparked me and now all of these people are going off his sound bites of how he's so shocked that I dropped on a knee to protest.



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