Vikings lock arms during national anthem

Vikings lock arms during national anthem

The Vikings stood along their sideline with arms locked together during the "Star Spangled Banner" on Sunday before their game against Tampa Bay.

"As we have stated previously, the Buccaneers recognize every individual's constitutional right to freedom of speech, which is crucial to the American way of life that we cherish", co-chairman Joel Glazer said.

In a statement Sunday, Zygi and Mark Wilf said that their job as owners is to foster a team environment that brings people together and appreciates diversity of thought.

The owners of the Minnesota Vikings say they support their players' right to "respectfully and peacefully" express their beliefs.

However, on the opposing sideline, two Tampa Bay players - Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson - knelt.

Prior to Sunday's game at US 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.

Early Sunday morning, the President further criticized the National Football League via Twitter.

In Chicago, the Pittsburgh Steelers chose to stay in the visiting locker room during the anthem. No Vikings players have participated in the kneeling protest movement, and on Saturday, the team seemed reticent to get involved at all: When asked about the president's tweet, they deferred to a statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "There is no better example than the awesome response from our clubs and players to the bad natural disasters we've experienced over the last month".



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