President Donald Trump pointed to historically low television ratings for the National Football League as protests during the us national anthem continued ahead of the first Sunday games of the season.
Most of the protests came from players who have previously participated, but several prominent activists opted not to join in for opening day.More news: The many examples of Trump officials resisting the President
Colin Kaepernick, the progenitor of the national anthem protests, used social media to thank the two players.
Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist, and San Francisco wide receiver Marquise Goodwin raised his right arm with fist clenched during the anthem in New Orleans. Last week, Nike introduced an ad featuring the quarterback and his message: "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything".
Kaepernick sparked controversy when he sat, then knelt, during the National Anthem before several 2016 NFL preseason and regular-season games.
Wilson, who has a contract with Nike, also applauded the company's deal with Kaepernick.More news: Serena faces Kanepi, Nadal seeks US Open quarterfinals
However, NBC did show the anthem on Thursday night, and no players kneeled or protested in other ways. "Otherwise worse!" he added.
The NFL and players union have yet to announce an anthem policy after the league initially ruled that teams could be fined if players knelt during the Star-Spangled Banner.
The NFL unilaterally passed a policy requiring players to stand at attention for the anthem or to stay in the locker room or in the tunnel under the stands.More news: Six More Woman Accuse CBS CEO Les Moonves of Sexual Assault