Reaction to Trump’s NFL Feud Mount as Protests Continue in Monday Night Game

Mixed reaction to President Donald Trump’s condemnation of pro football players who knelt during the National Anthem continued Monday, as did the protests that triggered his comments.

In a scene that football fans became more than familiar with over the weekend, the Dallas Cowboys took a knee before the anthem on Monday night — with their owner, Jerry Jones, among them.

Their opponents, the Arizona Cardinals, displayed what the stadium announcer in Glendale, Arizona, described as a “sign of unity” — the team standing arm in arm with members of the military.

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It was a reprisal of what many players and coaches and some owners offered during weekend games in defiance of Trump’s comments: linked arms, players taking a knee, some teams even refusing to take to the field.

Still, not all of the league’s big names backed the show of solidarity.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger — whose team mostly remained in its locker room — said the decision led to a sleepless night.

“The idea was to be unified as a team when so much attention is paid to things dividing our country, but I wish we approached it differently,” he said. “We did not want to appear divided on the sideline with some standing and some kneeling or sitting.

“As a team, it was not a protest of the flag or the anthem,” he added. “I personally don’t believe the anthem is ever the time to make any type of protest.”

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In Buffalo, a longtime stadium worker quit his job after several Bills knelt and locked arms, NBC affiliate WGRZ reported, and on MSNBC, former Seattle Seahawk…

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