It’s not just the players anymore.
Even some national anthem performers are taking a knee in solidarity, as protests spread across the NFL after President Donald Trump on Friday called any player who did so a “son of a bitch” and urged team owners to fire them.
In Tennessee, former “The Voice” contestant Meghan Linsey and guitar player Tyler Cain linked arms and dropped to one knee as they concluded the national anthem before the Titans-Seahawks game on Sunday:
No players from either team were on the field during the anthem. Both sides remained in their locker rooms.
After the game, Linsey retweeted this message defending her from a critic:
In Detroit, singer Rico LaVelle dropped to a knee on the song’s final word and raised his fist before a game between the Lions and the Atlanta Falcons.
Players around the league have knelt, linked arms or in some cases remained in their locker rooms in solidarity after Trump’s attack on those who have been protesting, a move that started last season with then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The protests have spread beyond the NFL.