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New York Jets lock arms, four Miami Dolphins kneel during national anthem

By The Sports Xchange
New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson (center) locked arms with quarterback Josh McCown (15) and rookie safety Jamal Adams (33). General manager Mike Maccagnan also stood amongst the Jets. Photo courtesy of New York Jets/Twitter
New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson (center) locked arms with quarterback Josh McCown (15) and rookie safety Jamal Adams (33). General manager Mike Maccagnan also stood amongst the Jets. Photo courtesy of New York Jets/Twitter

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Both the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets, save five Miami players, stood locking arms for the singing of the national anthem by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil, safety Maurice Smith, tight end Julius Thomas and wide receiver Kenny Stills all knelt, with wide receiver Jarvis Landry standing between them.

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Jets owner Christopher Johnson locked arms with quarterback Josh McCown and rookie safety Jamal Adams. General manager Mike Maccagnan also stood amongst the Jets.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who put out a statement condemning President Trump's statements on Saturday, stood in the middle of his team.

Several Miami players, including Miami running back Jay Ajayi, wore black t-shirts during pregame warmups saying "#IMWITHKAP" in solidarity with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was the first player to kneel during the national anthem and is currently a free agent.

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"It was an honor and a privilege to stand arm-in-arm unified with our players during today's National Anthem," Johnson said in a statememt. "We are very proud of our players and their strong commitment to work in our community to make a positive, constructive, and unifying impact."

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