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Vikings owners change course, issue statement condemning Trump's comments

Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf have changed course and have now issued a statement responding to President Donald Trump’s remarks about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

Here is the statement: “Professional sports offer a platform unlike any other, a platform that can bring people from a variety of backgrounds together to impact positive change in our society. As owners, it is our job to foster an environment that recognizes and appreciates diversity of thought and encourages using this platform in a constructive manner. Rather than make divisive statements, we believe in promoting thoughtful, inspiring conversation that unifies our communities. We are proud of our players, coaches and staff for the important role they play in our community, and we fully support their constitutional right to respectufully and peacefully express their beliefs.”

— Zygi and Mark Wilf and the entire Wilf family.

Goodell condemned Trump’s remarks, saying, “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”

Several other owners around the NFL issued statements separate from the league regarding Trump’s comments and how their respective teams would respond.

Vikings running back Bishop Sankey chimed in on Twitter.

Tramaine Brock active as Vikings, Case Keenum prepare to face Buccaneers

The only injured scratch for the Vikings on Sunday against the Buccaneers, albeit a big one, is quarterback Sam Bradford.

Case Keenum is set for his second start. Check out today’s profile on Keenum if you haven’t already.

Cornerback Tramaine Brock is active for the first time since the Vikings acquired him via trade from the Seahawks. Brock, 29, is an experienced outside corner who can also play in the slot, but he’s expected to play a reserve role against the Buccaneers.

The Vikings have six healthy scratches in receiver Rodney Adams, receiver Stacy Coley, defensive end Tashawn Bower, defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson, tackle Aviante Collins and guard Danny Isidora.

Buccaneers’ inactives:CB Brent Grimes, LB Kwon Alexander, DE Jacquies Smith, DT Chris Baker, T Leonard Wester, C Joe Hawley and TE Antony Auclair.

On a day where President Trump’s recent comments about NFL players protesting during the national anthem ripple through the league, Vikings warmups on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium went as normal about an hour before kickoff. Nearly half the league has issued an individual statement regarding this comment from Trump about players taking a knee during the anthem:

"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired. He's fired!'"

The Vikings are not one of the teams to have issued a statement, instead referring reporters to the NFL’s statement.

NFL Scoreboard

  • Baltimore

    Jacksonville

     

    - F

    7

    44

  • Pittsburgh

    Chicago

     

    - 2nd, 10:11

    0

    7

  • Tampa Bay

    Minnesota

     

    - 2nd, 9:11

    3

    14

  • Denver

    Buffalo

     

    - 2nd, 10:26

    10

    7

  • New Orleans

    Carolina

     

    - 2nd, 7:05

    7

    6

  • Atlanta

    Detroit

     

    - 2nd, 6:30

    10

    3

  • Cleveland

    Indianapolis

     

    - 2nd, 10:06

    7

    13

  • Houston

    New England

     

    - 2nd, 12:25

    10

    14

  • Miami

    NY Jets

     

    - 2nd, 8:25

    0

    0

  • NY Giants

    Philadelphia

     

    - 2nd, 9:22

    0

    7

  • Seattle

    Tennessee

    3:05 PM

    FOX

  • Kansas City

    Los Angeles

    3:25 PM

    CBS

  • Cincinnati

    Green Bay

    3:25 PM

    CBS

  • Oakland

    Washington

    7:30 PM

    NBC

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