On Sunday, the NFL and all of those watching at home witnessed a protest-filled Week 3.
The league-wide demonstrations during the national anthem — which included the Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks remaining in their locker rooms — were a direct response to the comments of Donald Trump over the weekend.
Trump had issued divisive comments at a campaign rally and called for NFL owners to fire any “son of a b***h” player who dared to have his own views and exercise his First Amendment rights.
Of course, the players, owners and coaches hit back hard and showed clear signs of unity.
Following Sunday’s slate of games, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell discussed the protests and expressed how proud he was of everyone in the league for how they handled themselves.
“The way we reacted today, and this weekend, made me proud,” Goodell told Peter King of The MMQB. “I’m proud of our league. They reflected the frustration, the disappointment, of the players over the divisive rhetoric we heard.”
The protests were beginning to fizzle out earlier in the season, but following Trump’s remarks they are back stronger than ever.
And with Trump continuing to tweet away regarding the league, it’s highly unlikely that they will be going away anytime soon.