CARSON, Calif. -- It's time to play football.
That was the response Wednesday from Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn when asked if his coaches and players would lock arms in a sign of unity before Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
"Just the fact that we're still talking about this, you know, in my opinion it really gives those divisive remarks legs, power," Lynn said. "I just choose to move on and not talk about it. And I know some people don't agree with that, but that's my approach. I've got to get this team ready to play Philadelphia."
Six Chargers sat or knelt during the national anthem Sunday before the team's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, in solidarity with those across the league silently protesting racial inequality in response to President Donald Trump's criticism last Friday of players taking similar action.
The rest of the Chargers' coaches and players stood locked arm-in-arm along the sideline.
Before the game, the Chargers discussed as a team how they would respond during the anthem, but could not come to an agreement on what they would do as a group.
Along with Lynn, players such as quarterback Philip Rivers said Wednesday they have not discussed whether they will do something again in Week 4.
"I don't know that," Rivers said. "I think I said it after the game. At least from my point of view, it was showing love for your neighbor and love of your country.
"At the end of the day, that's what wins out. Love will win when it's all said and done. So I think that was the best way, as a team, we could show that."
Some in the stands shouted for the Chargers sitting and kneeling to stand up, but McCain was resolute in his stance afterward.
"I feel that now we understand as a community that our own commander-in-chief -- a guy that we're supposed to lean on and that's here to protect us -- clearly is not," McCain said. "He's not on our side. He's not. This is a guy that's controlling the United States."
Minutes before they took the field, owner Dean Spanos told Chargers players that he had their backs regardless of what they chose to do before the anthem.
"I have family who was in the military," McCain said. "I graduated from a military [prep] school. I understand everything about the flag. Those guys fought for our rights. It's my right to take a knee if I want to. I'm not disrespecting the flag. I'm not sticking my middle finger at the flag."
Square said he felt torn about former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem a year ago. But that changed with Trump's remarks on Friday.
"Being in America I have the right to have mixed feelings about anything," Square said. "But today that's what we felt like doing. That's what we felt like we needed to do just to bring recognition to what's going on.
"You can't always stand in front of the media and let them know that you're disappointed in something, but at the same time you have to show some type of act to let people know that we're aware of what was said about us, and we do not agree with it."