NFL players, officials, owners protest Trump comments (12 images)

Players, coaches and owners locked arms, knelt or sat out the national anthem on the sidelines of NFL games on Sunday after President Donald Trump criticized players for such activism.

The NFL aired an ad late Sunday, calling for unity.
Updated: Oct. 18, 2017 at 12:11 PM
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A New England Patriots fan holds up a sign in response to the national anthem controversy in Sunday's game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Photo by Matthew Healey/ UPI
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Members of the Oakland Raiders' remain seated during the national anthem before their game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Members of the Washington Redskins link arms during the national anthem before their game against the Raiders. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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Numerous New England Patriots players take a knee during the national anthem prior to the game against the Texans. Photo by Matthew Healey/ UPI
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President Donald Trump answers questions from the press after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House on Sunday. His tweets criticizing NFL players for sideline protests inspired even more such demonstrations during the Sunday games. Photo by Olivier Douliery/UPI
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Miami Dolphins lock arms during introductions prior to playing the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. UPI Photo
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New York Jets lock arms during the national anthem prior to playing the Dolphins. UPI Photo
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