Titans, Seahawks stay inside locker room during national anthem

Titans, Seahawks stay inside locker room during national anthem

NASHVILLE, TN (WMC) - The Tennessee Titans did not stand or kneel during the national anthem before their game against the Seattle Seahawks.

In fact, they weren't out on the field at all.

Sunday, the Titans issued a press release stating they decided to remain inside the locker room while the national anthem is playing.

"As a team, we wanted to be unified in our actions today. The players jointly decided this was the best course of action. Our commitment to the military and our community is resolute and the absence of our team for the national anthem shouldn't be misconstrued as unpatriotic."

The Seahawks also opted to stay in the locker room during the national anthem. Almost 30 minutes before kickoff, the Seahawks stated that they would not stand for the national anthem because they "will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country."

Ten minutes later, the Titans followed suit.

The protest was one of several Sunday after a tweet from President Donald Trump that said the NFL should fire players who do not stand for the national anthem.

Sunday, Titans Controlling Owner Amy Adams Strunk released the following statement:

"I am proud to stand with our players and support them in their work on and off the football field. I completely agree with Commissioner Goodell that we are better off as a nation when we are unified and pulling together. I have seen that kind of attitude first-hand in Tennessee and across our country in the many benevolent and public-spirited efforts of our NFL players, often without any public recognition.

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