Many Seattle Seahawks fans bombarded the KING 5 Facebook page Sunday, declaring they were not watching Sunday's Seahawks-Titans game because the team chose to stay in the locker room for the national anthem.
During a halftime analysis on Facebook Live, KING 5 Sports anchor Chris Egan and sports producer Joel Knip were asking for fans' reaction to the game, which Tennessee was leading 9-7. But what they got was a slew of comments from upset fans. It comes after players across the league took a knee during the anthem or stayed in the locker room in response to President Donald Trump's call for players who conduct such protests to be fired.
Trump also called for fans to boycott. It seems many of those fans are listening. Several of them responding during the Facebook Live simply said they were "not watching." While some did not express the reason why they weren't watching, others made it much more clear.
"Leaving the seahawks behind," said Carmen Behnke.
"Turned TV off when I saw they stayed in the locker room for the National Anthem. Bye bye Seahawks. Final insult," said Beth Fehr.
"Bye bye hawks, burning the 12 flag tonight. You don't respect my flag," said Curtis Martin.
"Turned them off! Flags taken down keep our Sunday entertainment separate from politics!" said Karin Elliff.
"People gave their lives to protect and honor this flag....now we have silly football players thinking they can disrespect it??? Some nerve!" said Tiffanie Rind.
As he read the comments from fans, Egan declared he's never seen anything like it from Seahawks fans in all 17 years covering the team.
But there were some fans who said the protest didn't make a difference. Some even supported the move.
"Seahawks, thanks for standing up for everyone!" said Deborah "Morrison.
"Dissent is patriotic that is what makes our country great," said Ray Lee.
"I support my hawks," said Kimberly Van Luven.
"Kneeling or not I will watch, not hurting me. Their loss," said Jan Cohen.
Some just wanted the conversation to stick to sports.
"omg can we talk about the game? said Cameron McManus.
And at least one saw this as an opportunity.
"Anyone quitting the Hawks please send me your tickets," said Andrew Roseberg.
It will be seen Monday whether there is a drop in ratings from last week, and from Week 3 of last season. Trump has said he thinks it will. At least one fan thinks otherwise.
"NFL is alive and well , they won't take a hit on this," said Christianne Erwin.
Editor's note: After posting this story later on Facebook, the majority of the comments appeared to be in support of the players.