Singer Rico Lavelle dropped to his right knee, bowed his head and raised his right fist wrapped around the microphone while finishing up his rendition of the national anthem before the Lions-Falcons game in Detroit.
Players on both teams also took a knee during the anthem, and there were audible boos from some spectators at Ford Field.
Detroit's Ameer Abdullah, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Steve Longa, Tahir Whitehead, Cornelius Washington, A’Shawn Robinson, Akeem Spence and Jeremiah Ledbetter took a knee. Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford, who joined many of her peers around the league with statements in support of the players’ right to protest, locked arms with Detroit coach Jim Caldwell, and other players along the team's sideline did the same.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank locked arms with running back Devonta Freeman as they stood on the sideline. Soon after the song started, Atlanta's Dontari Poe and Grady Jarrett kneeled.