The NFL has announced that players will be kneeling during the National Anthem at the start of the season in protest of “white supremacy” and the militarization of police in America.
The players will also participate in a “Blue Lives Matter” rally and sit for a flag salute.
“We want to bring awareness to the fact that white supremacy has become a part of our national fabric and that the American people need to speak out against it,” league spokesperson Dan Rooney said in a statement.
“We hope that our players and all the American public can unite in standing up for our values.”
This week, President Donald Trump and his administration have attempted to impose a temporary ban on immigration from six Muslim-majority countries.
They’ve also claimed that “many” refugees are criminals, and that they’re sending “dangerous people” across the border.
“They want to send these dangerous people across our borders, which they can’t,” Trump said on Tuesday.
“I’ve had a great relationship with the Department of Homeland Security, and they are doing a fantastic job.”
In addition to Trump, several NFL players are taking part in the protests.
Here’s a look at some of the players who are protesting during the anthem.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald said that he and his teammates will kneel during the national anthem to “stop the violence” against the Black Lives Matter movement.
He’s one of a number of players who have spoken out against police brutality and the military in recent years.
“The NFL is not for everyone, but I’m not going to stand for disrespect to the flag, the anthem, or any of the heroes that we’ve worked so hard to protect,” Fitzgerald said in an Instagram post.
“The only way we will win is by standing up and fighting for our freedom, and the only way to do that is to stand up for what’s right.
The only way that we can stop the violence and bring our country back to what it was supposed to be, is to start making our voices heard and fighting.””
The only time we can do this is to make our voices known, to make a statement, to stand and fight for what we believe in,” he continued.
“There are people out there that are out to destroy us, and to do it for no reason.
If we don’t stand together we won’t be able to do this, and if we don