#TakeTheKnee sparks national conversation after Trump's comments

Two National Football League teams kneeled during the national anthem on Sunday.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Two National Football League teams kneeled during the national anthem on Sunday at the first football game since President Donald Trump’s controversial comments.

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President Trump suggested that the NFL should fire or suspend players who choose to kneel during the singing of the national anthem.  

On Sunday, players with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens took a knee during the playing of the national anthem.

The team’s coaches and staff members locked arms until the song was over.

The president believes that not standing during the nation’s song is a sign of disrespect.

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a b*#&h off the field right now. Out! He's fired," Trump said.

Trump supporter wrote on Twitter that standing during the national anthem is a chance to honor and respect military veterans and those who are still serving.

Teams, owners, and managers have issued statements supporting their players by saying their teams have the freedom to express themselves in a peaceful way.

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