Bengals: Football and politics don't mix easily

Bengals: Football and politics don't mix easily
The Cincinnati Bengals lock arms during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Players from the Cincinnati Bengals locked arms during the national anthem before the game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

The move happened on the same day more than 100 NFL players took a knee to protest police brutality.

Every single Bengals player stood for the national anthem like they've done all season long. Shortly after, the Bengals released a statement on the team's stance:

"Football and politics don't mix easily. Fans come to NFL games to watch great competition on the playing field and that's where our focus should be."

The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to stay in the locker room for the national anthem for their game against the Chicago Bears. Earlier in the day, about 24 players took a knee during the national anthem in the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Baltimore Ravens game. The Cleveland Browns took a knee during the national anthem before the game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Wide Reciever AJ Green echoed the Bengals' statement after the team's loss to the Green Bay Packers in overtime.

"We came as team, whatever we were going to do. We were going to do it together. So that's the thing we made. We talked about just locking arms."

President Donald Trump has expressed his displeasure about how NFL players are choosing to kneel or sit for the national anthem before games. During a speech Friday, the President suggested that NFL owners fire players who kneel for the national anthem.

Trump took to Twitter Monday morning, tweeting "Many people booed the players who kneeled yesterday (which was a small percentage of total). These are fans who demand respect for our Flag!"

Anthem protests started last season by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He is now a free agent and some Kaepernick supporters believe teams are avoiding him due to the controversy.

Bengals fan BJ Edgar said he's all for unity, but he doesn't think that Sunday football games are the right place for protest and he's not alone.

Andrew Simak agrees, he said he doesn't want to hear about politics from either side of the political aisle during game time.

"On Sunday I want to watch football. I don't want to hear about trump. I don't want to hear about each sides view I just want to see AJ Green catch the football... that's about it," he said.

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