Transcript for Bears, Packers players lock arms during national anthem
More on the moment on the football field. Green Bay packers Chicago bears linking arms. ABC's T.J. Holmes has the story. We've been tuning in to see the games and what happens before the games. Last night it wasn't about that. It was about linking arms. This was the first time the crowd was asked to participate in demonstrations. This came on a day when we got what many found to be a particular statement from the white house. ??? Oh say can you you see ??? Reporter: Before the long time rivals faced off both the hometown Green Bay packers and visited Chicago bears locked arms with their teammates in a show of unity. Some fans chose to join in locking arms. Others waving flags of their own. In the wake of president trump calling for players kneeling to be fired. Aaron Rogers said in addition to the cheers he heard negativity yelled from the crowd. What's disrespectful to the anthem yelling things to it or standing at attention with arms locked facing the flag. Reporter: On Thursday the president reiterated his stand on fox calling out NFL team owners. I think they're afraid of their players and I think it's disgrassful. Reporter: Marry Bruce pressed the white house. The president said he believes NFL team owners are afraid of their players what did he mean? The backlash of the players and the stance they're making and not wanting to reet the conflict. Reporter: When asked to clarify the press secretary said this. I don't think there's much to clarify. Reporter: While Sanders says the issue is black and white a recent poll says public opinion is divided. 63% of whites said kneeling is inappropriate. 31% of nonwhites agreed. The president said the players are afraid of the players the packers owned by the fans. Walker of the Tennessee titans is getting death threats after he made a statement about supporting his team. This thing started as a silent protest is now spiraling into something that needs to calm down before we can get anything done. When unity is seen as a bad thing. Aaron Rogers said it many people complaining during the anthem and they're booing. What's more disrespectful booing during the anthem or silently protesting? It seems simple. T.J., thanks. We'll move to Puerto Rico. The frustration churning there.
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