One week after a public feud between U.S. President Donald Trump and the National Football League resulted in a series of peaceful protests and political conversations around the sporting world, Trump appears to be steeling himself for Round 2.
On Saturday, the President urged all NFL players to stand for the anthem ahead of Sunday’s games… again.
Trump’s harsh words during a speech in Alabama last Friday, which were followed by a rash of tweets with a similar sentiment, led many NFL players, owners and fans to kneel, stretch, lock arms, or sit through the anthem in various acts of solidarity. Many athletes also spoke out against his irrational actions on social media.
While a few teams have already issued statements on their game plans going into Week 4 — the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears linked arms while standing for the anthem ahead of Thursday’s matchup — we’ll have to wait and see how most teams respond on Sunday.