The NFL world reacted to President Trump’s comments about players protesting the national anthem.

On Friday night, President Donald Trump lashed out at NFL players for their protests during the national anthem, becoming profane and saying he would like to see teams punish those who take a knee during the pregame festivity. 

NFL players, the NFL Players Association and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell all had strong statements condemning Trump’s comments about the league and its players.

Here is how NFL teams responded:

Statement from Green Bay Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy:

“It’s unfortunate that the President decided to use his immense platform to make divisive and offensive statements about our players and the NFL. We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences. They have achieved their positions through tremendous work and dedication and should be celebrated for their success and positive impact. We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.”

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Statement from Tennessee Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk:

“I am proud to stand with our players and support them in their work on and off the football field. I completely agree with Commissioner Goodell that we are better off as a nation when we are unified and pulling together. I have seen that kind of attitude first-hand in Tennessee and across our country in the many benevolent and public-spirited efforts of our NFL players, often without any public recognition. Our players make public contributions day-in and day-out and when I hear anyone making disparaging remarks about them, I know it has to be the result of not knowing what they bring to our communities or what they have accomplished.”

Statement from Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos:

“I wholeheartedly agree with the commissioner’s statement.  The NFL and its players, more than anything, have been a force for good.  What our country needs right now is a message of unity, civility and mutual respect.”

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