"Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem," President Trump tweeted Saturday. He did not get his wish, though fewer players decided to take a knee during the national anthem before Sunday's games, Reuters reports. Many players, however, knelt before the anthem, raised fists during it, or stood with their arms locked—and around 30 San Francisco 49ers, playing for the first time since Trump's call to fire kneeling players sparked league-wide protests, took a knee during the anthem while teammates standing behind them put hands on their shoulders, reports Washington Post.
The first game of the day took place in London, England, where the New Orleans Saints knelt as a team before the anthem. Three Miami Dolphins took a knee during the American anthem but stood for the British one, CNN reports. In Baltimore, the Ravens were booed as they knelt before the anthem. All of the Oakland Raiders stood before their game in Denver, apart from Marshawn Lynch, who arrived at the stadium in a shirt that read "Everybody Vs. Trump," reports ESPN, which lists what every team did during the anthem. The Dallas Cowboys, who were joined by coaches, execs, and owner Jerry Jones as they took a knee before the anthem Monday, all stood without any sign of protest.