While the Kansas City Chiefs and the Washington Redskins tried to show unity during the national anthem before their Monday Night Football game, fans reacted negatively to what a few players did to protest.
What did the Washington Redskins' players do?
According to sports journalists, not one Redskins player knelt or sat, while many locked arms in unity.
The Redskins all stood for the National Anthem , one week after seven kneeled. They did... https://t.co/3no4hVYbdD https://t.co/pXTy2OfYha— John Keim (@John Keim) 1506990518.0
"The Redskins all stood for the National Anthem , one week after seven kneeled," tweeted John Keim of ESPN.
"No #Redskins players kneeling during the anthem. Many linking arms/grabbing shoulder pads," said Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post.
No #Redskins players kneeling during the anthem. Many linking arms/grabbing shoulder pads. #Chiefs CB Marcus Peters & LB Ukeme Eligwe sat.— Master (@Master) 1506990411.0
What did the Kansas City Chiefs do?
Two Chiefs players sat during the anthem.
Two Chiefs, Marcus Peters & Ukeme Eligwe, sat for the National Anthem tonight https://t.co/Bls1n7knfv— Darren Rovell (@Darren Rovell) 1506990659.0
What was the reaction?
Many on social media excoriated the players who protested during the nation anthem.
#Chiefs Marcus Peters sits during our National Anthem on the same day as a horrific shooting in Las Vegas. Fire Peters. Chiefs are American!— Mark the prepper (@Mark the prepper) 1506990635.0
Will somebody get that dufus Kansas City Chiefs #25 player off the bench during the national anthem? @espn #MNFxESPN zzz— Herb Brooks (@Herb Brooks) 1506990473.0
#MarcusPeters and #UkemeEligwe. Scum of the Earth. #momentofsilence 😤😤😤
— Tom Horton (@tomhorton21) October 3, 2017
The @Chiefs sitting/kneeling during the anthem on a day like today are exactly what Trump said they were! They don’t care about “unity” #MNF— Chris Birch (@Chris Birch) 1506990417.0
But on the other side, many pointed out that it appeared disrespectful to the anthem for fans of the Chiefs to yell "Chiefs" instead of "brave" at the end of the song, a tradition at their home games.
Home of the "chiefs". So kneeling disrespects the anthem, but changing the lyrics of the anthem is totally accetpable.... #MNF— Matt (@Matt) 1506990491.0
So let me get this straight: Redskins/Chiefs, AND they change the anthem to end "home of the chiefs"+people are pissed that one guy kneels?— Lauramerica (@Lauramerica) 1506993373.0
Tbh shouting "Chiefs" instead of "Brave" seems way more disrespectful to the anthem than a meaningful protest— Andrew Joseph (@Andrew Joseph) 1506990483.0
“I can’t believe Peters is disrespecting the anthem by sitting...hold on, I need to yell CHIEFS!! At the end of anthem....”— Craig A. Brenner (@Craig A. Brenner) 1506990443.0
Knuckleheads #Chiefs fans have their own way of disrespecting The National Anthem.— Steve Herrs (@Steve Herrs) 1506990669.0
The Chiefs won the game, 29-20, to remain unbeaten at 4-0.