With tension mounting regarding the national anthem flap and the corresponding remarks from President Donald Trump earlier in the week, many wondered what types of statement would be made by whom on Sunday around the NFL.

The Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks both mutually agreed to do nothing on the field by having both clubs stay in the locker rooms while the national anthem was sung by Meghan Linsey.

Linsey finished the anthem and was booed herself by fans after she and her accompanying guitarist took a knee following their performance.

As for the players, the Titans say they wanted to give a show of unity from inside the locker room, with support from controlling owner Amy Adam Strunk and head coach Mike Mularkey over staying inside rather than being on the sideline for “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Several Titans explained the gesture following the game, as to how the idea came about and the reasoning behind it. “We had a group text message with the Seattle Seahawks, and we talked about it among the team,” tight end Delanie Walker said. “Coaches got involved and we came up with a solution that would be perfect. Have everybody stay in the locker room.”

Titans coach Mike Mularkey said it was not done with any intent of disrespect for the country for the flag.

“We made a statement about it, the teams had talked,” Mularkey said. “We’re unified as a team. It had nothing to do with disrespect to the anthem or the flag or this country. It did not.

“We don’t appreciate some of the things coming out of Washington, it was more about that. I just want to make it clear — this is a team. Watch them every Sunday how they line up for the national anthem. Don’t tell me this team isn’t proud of the this country and this flag.”

Other Titans players spoke about the support of the coaching staff and the management regarding the decision to stay inside. Strunk even addressed the team about the matter.

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