Dozens of NFL players took a knee Sunday in response to Donald Trump's criticisms. But the protests weren't limited to the players.
Prior to Sundays game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions, Lions' anthem singer Rico LaVelle took a knee while singing the final line of the Star Spangled Banner.
LaVelle also raised a fist as he took a knee.
The national anthem singer at Ford Field took a knee with eight Lions players. pic.twitter.com/VjjLGsay84
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) September 24, 2017
Later, in Nashville, country music singer Meghan Lindsey took a knee after singing the national anthem before the Titans/Seahawks game.
Both Titans and Seahawks players chose not to participate in the national anthem.
Anthem Singers at Titans / Seahawks Game Take Knee After Performing National Anthem pic.twitter.com/MCNZ3j8nOr
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President Trump initially called for anthem protesters to be fired at a rally Friday in Alabama.
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, `Get that son of a b**** off the field right now. Out! He's fired," Trump said.
The President later tweeted on Sunday that kneeling during the anthem is "not acceptable."
Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.