Bengals, Browns players join NFL teams in Trump protest

posted by Ken Stevens - 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Cincinnati Bengals players are standing together, their arms locked together Sunday during the national anthem before their game against Green Bay.

Players say they wanted to be united against President Trump's urging of NFL owners to fire players who don't stand for the anthem.

A statement from the team said the united front shows its focus is on football and not politics.

And, a lot of Browns players took a knee during the national anthem before Sunday's game against the Colts to protest the president's remarks.

President Trump says kneeling during the anthem is very disrespectful to the American flag and the country.

Trump also rejected the suggestion that his stance on NFL protests has to do with race. 

(NBC NewsRadio contributed to this story)

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