NY Jets: 'Honor and a Privilege' to Stand With Players

The Jets locked arms on the sideline during the performance of the national anthem

Wide receiver Kenny Stills, offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, tight end Julius Thomas and defensive back Maurice Smith all kneeled during the playing of the national anthem Sunday, while teammates, coaches and even owner Stephen Ross linked arms in solidarity.

Jermaine Kearse #10 and Josh McCown #15, Jamal Adams #33 and Christopher Johnson CEO of the New York Jets stand in unison with their team during the National Anthem.

Across the NFL on Sunday players protested recent comments by President Donald Trump by taking a knee during the national anthem.

On Friday, President Donald Trump vulgarly ripped NFL players who protest the national anthem and said the league's owners should fire the players.

On the other sideline, the Dolphins linked arms.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins talks about how he feels coming into Jets game on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017.

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is not in East Rutherford on Sunday afternoon due to his previous obligations as the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Christopher has said Woody is now completely uninvolved in the Jets' operations, including all decision making.

The Jets also posted photos of Johnson and Jets players linking arms on the sidelines of Sunday's game.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to protest during the anthem more than a year ago, in the 2016 preseason.

Dozens of players, coaches and team officials across the National Football League have joined in kneeling during the anthem Sunday following Trump's comments. In London, several Jaguars and Ravens players took a knee. The Jets typically do not lock arms during the anthem. In Chicago, the Steelers remained in their locker room for the anthem.

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