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Jets release statement regarding Sunday's national anthem

24 Septembre 2017

The New York Jets stood arm-in-arm as a team on the sideline during the playing of the National Anthem at this afternoon's home opener against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium.

Instead, the entire Jets team - including owner Christopher Johnson - stood on the sideline, arms locked together. "We are very proud of our players and their strong commitment to work in our community to make a positive, constructive, and unifying impact". Johnson is the USA ambassador to the United Kingdom and has said in the past that he's not in favor of players protesting the anthem. Four Dolphins also took a knee during the anthem, while locking arms - wide receiver Kenny Stills, safety Maurice Smith, offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, and tight end Julius Thomas. No Jets played took a knee or Saturday. The Jets have since released a formal statement regarding the occurrence as well. Trump then urged the league's owners to "fire or suspend" the players in a tweet Sunday morning.

Cristopher Johnson's brother Woody Johnson is now serving as the United States' ambassador to the United Kingdom.

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Before Sunday, no Jets players had protested during the anthem, despite Todd Bowles saying all his players reserved the right to do so. Woody Johnson has not responded to Trump's comments. "Whether it's sitting for the anthem, whether it's raising your first, whether it's speaking out, whether it's a walk to Washington, who's to say whose protest is good or bad, you know?"

Jets release statement regarding Sunday's national anthem