Rev. Jesse Jackson: The flag isn't just for troops; it's for all of us

- The biggest plays from Sunday football didn't happen on the field, but rather from the sideline.

Several Detroit Lions players kneeled during the national anthem and linked arms with standing players, the coach and team owner -- part of a unified protest against comments made by President Donald Trump.

The team's actions came Sunday before the game against the Atlanta Falcons, which also had some players kneeling and team members locking arms.

Many teams reacted similarly to Trump, who criticized players protesting during the anthem. He suggested that Friday NFL owners should fire players who kneel.

Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford was among numerous owners to issue statements supporting the players' right to protest.

After belting out "brave," Lions' anthem singer Rico Lavelle bent to his knee, bowed his head and raised a fist.

Some fans booed at Ford Field during the actions.

Civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson is in town and shared his thoughts with FOX 2, saying the flag stands for many things.

"The flag is not just for the troops; it's for all of us," he says. "It's not the flag, it's the substance of the flag."

You can hear more from Jackson in the video player above. He'll also be holding a news conference at 1 p.m., which you can watch live on the FOX 2 Detroit Facebook page. 

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