DETROIT (WJBK) - Eight Lions players knelt and linked arms during the anthem prior to Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. Owner Martha Ford stood on the sideline, holding hands with coach Jim Caldwell in a show of solidarity.
After belting out "brave," Lions' anthem singer Rico Lavelle bent to his knee, bowed his head and raised a fist.
On Friday, in a sharply critical anti-NFL speech, President Donald Trump said he wished owners would "fire" players who knelt during the anthem. He later doubled down with even more criticism on Twitter.
Ford, other NFL owners, and commissioner Roger Goodell released statements, supporting the players for their right to protest.
Some fans booed Sunday at Ford Field during the actions. After the game, Fox 2's Hilary Golston spoke with fans about the protest. You can hear more from them in the video player above.
Tom Gores and the Detroit Pistons released a statement Monday showing their support. It reads:
"America's most treasured values include equality and diversity, and the right to effect change through peaceful expression and thoughtful debate. Our players care deeply about our community, and they demonstrate that every day. We support their right to raise awareness in a manner they believe is both thoughtful and impactful. We hope that any response to it will be equally thoughtful."