EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In a show of solidarity, New York Jets acting owner Christopher Johnson joined the players on the field for the national anthem, linking arms with quarterback Josh McCown and rookie safety Jamal Adams.
In fact, the entire team -- players, coaches and staff members -- linked arms for the anthem Sunday before their game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium.
The Jets have an unusual dynamic because owner Woody Johnson works for President Donald Trump, whose criticism of NFL protests on Friday sparked leaguewide outrage. Johnson is the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom and has said in the past that he's not in favor of players protesting the anthem.
The Jets have yet to comment publicly on Trump's controversial remarks. At the end of the first quarter, the Jets released a statement from Johnson, who avoided any criticism of Trump.
"It was an honor and a privilege to stand arm-in-arm unified with our players during today's national anthem. We are very proud of our players and their strong commitment to work in our community to make a positive, constructive, and unifying impact."