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Week 3 NFL roundup: League unifies to defy Trump and wild highlights

On Friday, Donald Trump said at a rally in Alabama that NFL players who kneel for the national anthem in protest of racial injustice in our country should be fired.

He used some rather colorful language in describing these players, calling on NFL owners to punish the protests,

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

The reaction to Trump’s comments has been severe. With players, coaches, teams, and NFL owners condemning the president. Patriots owner and Trump donor Robert Kraft said he was “deeply disappointed” with Trump’s comments.

Rex Ryan, former Jets and Bills head coach and NFL analyst for ESPN, appeared alongside Trump during the presidential campaign but on Sunday Ryan said he was “pissed off” by the president’s comments,

“I’m associated with what Donald Trump stands for and all that because I introduced him. I never signed up for that, I never wanted that. That doesn’t mean I support 100 percent of the things he says.”

As for players around the league, they responded with a show of unity, either kneeling or sitting together or linking arms during the anthem. It was a resounding and powerful reaction to Trump, varying from team to team and player to player.

LeSean McCoy took the opportunity to warm up during the national anthem

The entire Pittsburgh Steelers team stayed in the locker room during the anthem besides serviceman and offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva

For the first time white players across the league took a knee to protest the anthem

No players took the field during the anthem before the Seahawks Titans game

Rico LaVelle took a knee while singing the anthem

The Seahawks issued an official statement mincing no words saying, “we will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country.”

As for the actual play on the field, this was by far the most exciting week of action yet.

Odell Beckham Jr. showed why he’s one of the most talented players in the league, scoring two touchdowns in a matter of minutes. But it was OBJ’s celebrations that were truly memorable.

First he seemed to pee like a dog (a possible response to Trump’s SOB comment)

Then he defiantly raised his fist in the air in a show of Black Power

The Bears’ Marcus Cooper returned a blocked field goal almost to the house

A late Rirchard Sherman hit on Titans QB Marcus Mariota resulted in a near brawl

Eagles rookie kicker Jake Elliott knocked a 61 yard field goal for the W over the Giants

The Lions were within literal inches of beating the Falcons…

Aaron Rodgers told the sideline what he thought about their playcall…

…and then won the game for the Packers

Chiefs rookie Kareem Hunt is the real deal

People on both the left and the right are now boycotting the NFL because America has collectively lost its damn mind.

Whether you’re boycotting the NFL because players are protesting, Kaepernick is being blackballed, or the head injury thing is too real, you are well within your rights to do so. Sundays are good days for picnics and shit too.

But between the protests and the wild play on the field, the narrative in the NFL is pretty damn juicy these days.

You might want to tune back in.