DALLAS - Some kneeling, others with fists raised, or linking arm in arm, several NFL teams made a statement during Sunday's national anthem in response to President Trump's recent statements which started on Friday when he said this:
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b**** off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired!'
President Trump has also taken to Twitter to put players kneeling during the anthem on blast.
"I think he should focus a little more on politics. In the United States right now, we got a lot going on," said Mario Pettigrew, an NFL fan.
Sunday fans watched as players kneeled or linked arms in a show of unity.
"Wonderful. Now the question is do we fire everybody," wondered football fan, Robert Jeter.
Some teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, stayed in the locker room for the anthem altogether, attempting to avoid the controversy and keep the focus on football.
"I think what the players are doing, while I disagree with the kneeling, but standing up for their rights as players, I think is really cool," said NFL fan Pete Nielen.
"There's other forums and places to be able to do what they're standing for and beliefs are, not at their job," said Anthony Tedesco.
Since the controversy erupted, several NFL team owners and even NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have responded to President Trump's words, calling them divisive.
President Trump tweeting out Sunday in response to players' displays during the anthem:
"Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!"
"It's not really about the support of the military because that's not the issue is. Of course, we support the military. The issue is just the inequality, especially racial inequality and gender inequality," said NFL fan Supriya Harris.