Two singers who performed the national anthem at Sunday's football games took a knee during their performances.
In Detroit, singer Rico Lavelle dropped to his right knee, bowed his head and raised his right fist wrapped around the microphone.
He took a knee at the word 'brave'. The Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons were facing off in Detroit. Video from
shows him taking a knee.
The national anthem in Detroit ended on one knee pic.twitter.com/7Fi3wSjHSb— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 24, 2017
In Nashville, 'The Voice' runner-up Meghan Linsey took a knee as she finished singing before the game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans. The guitarist accompanying her also took a knee.
The Seahawks and Titans didn't come on the field until after Linsey finished singing. A handful of players stood outside the tunnel.
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Pictured is Rico Lavelle, a Detroit-based singer who took a knee while singing the national anthem before an NFL game between the Detroit Lions and the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday
Lavelle took a knee and raised his right fist on the word 'brave', towards the end of the anthem
Meghan Linsey, who placed second in season 8 of The Voice, also took a knee, along with her accompanying guitarist, at the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks
In a statement released ahead of the game, the Seahawks said: 'As a team we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem. We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country.'
Lavelle wrote a series of tweets afterwards. He said: 'I support the players who represent people like me who do not have an everyday voice.'
'The President called them "sons of b*tches" less than 24 hrs ago. That is classless and incredibly UN-American,' he wrote in another tweet. 'How can the "leader" of the free world be so UN-American?'
Linsey did not compose a tweet herself but did retweet supporters.
She retweeted Bobby Bones, who wrote: '@meghanlinsey respect. Took guts. And heart. Glad you followed it. Love this country.'
She also retweeted Haley Grace, who said: 'no matter what anyone says, I'm proud of @meghanlinsey for standing up for what she believes. #TakeAKnee #NationalAnthem #NFLSunday.'
The Falcons beat the Lions 30 to 26. The Titans beat the Seahawks 33 to 27.
Lavelle is a local musician based in Detroit.
Linsey placed second in season 8 of The Voice in 2015. She was on the show when Pharrell Williams was a judge.
Williams took a knee during the 'Concert for Charlottesville' on Sunday, in a pointed criticism of Donald Trump.
Before launching into a rendition of his hit song 'Happy', he took a knee during his performance in a pointed criticism of President Donald Trump - despite not referencing the president by name.
Williams told the crowd: 'If I want to get on my knees right now for the people of my city, for the people of my state, that's what this flag is for.'
Lavelle and Linsey took a knee in likely solidarity with NFL players who are doing so to protest racism and President Donald Trump
In a series of tweets, Lavelle explained why he took a knee. He wrote: 'I