Reaction to Trump’s NFL feud mounts as protests continue Monday night

Mixed reaction to President Donald Trump’s condemnation of pro-football players kneeling 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 described as a “sign of unity” — the team standing arm in arm with members of the military.

It was a reprisal of what many players, 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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