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In response to a public and profane request by Donald Trump to have NFL players fired for protesting social justice issues during the national anthem, executives from a haldful of teams on Saturday condemned the president’s remarks in strongly worded statements of support toward player activism.

Comments like we heard last night from the president are inappropriate, offensive and divisive, Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said in a joint message issued Saturday morning. We are proud of our players, the vast majority of whom use their NFL platform to make a positive difference in our society.

By the afternoon, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross followed suit, calling for unity in society and the NFL.

We will not be divided by this, Tomlin said after the game. We’ve got a group of men in there that come from different socioeconomic backgrounds, races, creeds, ethnicities, religions and so forth. That’s football. That’s a lot of team sports. But because of our position, we get drug into bulls—, to be quite honest with you. Some have opinions; some don’t. We wanted to protect those who don’t, and we wanted to protect those who do.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said the team wanted to stay in the locker room for the anthem before Sunday night’s game against the Redskins, but because of the timing of prime-time games, it would have missed the coin toss and been penalized. Most of the Raiders remained seated or took a knee during the anthem, including the entire offensive line, which is the lone all-black starting unit in the NFL, and the defensive line. Others stood with interlocked arms, as did Del Rio, and quarterback Derek Carr appeared to pray while looking skyward and standing.

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