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Fox Sports To Stop Airing National Anthem Before NFL Games

Dolphins players Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Julius Thomas kneel before their Sunday game in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Miami Dolphins players kneel during the national anthem before the NFL game between the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium on October 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

*Viewers of NFL games on Fox will no longer be able to see coverage of the national anthem before the games.

As players continued to defy President Trump this week and peacefully protest racial injustice by either taking or linking arms during the Star Spangled Banner, the network announced Sunday that its sports division will from now on follow “standard procedure” and broadcast regionalized coverage without airing the national anthem.

The network added, “However, our cameras are always rolling and we will document the response of players and coaches on the field.”

Fox’s airing of the London matchup between the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Oct. 1, was the last broadcast to include the anthem. Footage showed the entire New Orleans Saints team kneeling before the music began, but standing for the entirety of the “Star Spangled Banner.”

This week, three Miami Dolphins players kneeled while the rest of the team remained standing. One of the kneeling Dolphins players was safety Michael Thomas, who fought back tears last week while responding to Trump’s harsh rhetoric.

“I got a daughter. She’s going to have to live in this world,” Thomas told reporters last week. “I’m going to do whatever I got to do to make sure she can look at her dad and be like, ‘Hey, you did something, you tried to make a change.’”

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