The National Football League is protesting the government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting the freedom of speech.
More: The NFL players kneeled during the national anthem Sunday during the National Anthem for the men’s and women’s teams in the National Football Conference game against the Minnesota Vikings, the league said in a statement.
The protest is part of an ongoing effort to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The players are scheduled to continue the protest before the game against Seattle on Thursday night.
More than a million people have watched the game online, with some viewers watching it in person from their homes, according to the league.
The NFL players were not allowed to speak during the anthem, according the league statement.NFL Players kneel during the Anthem in solidarity with our military, our National Anthem.
We honor our country and our Flag.
We stand united, and we salute you.
pic.twitter.com/eJwCYxE6ZJWKJuanita Soto (@WSBJuanito) January 28, 2021The NFL Players have spoken out in the past against Trump.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, they stood during the Pledge of Allegiance and stood with other players to demonstrate that they support Black Lives Matters.
They have also been protesting in solidarity against Trump since Trump’s election.
Earlier this month, they said they would boycott the NFL season.