NFL message getting lost in political backlash

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers links arms with Richard Rodgers (on right) and Randall Cobb during the national anthem last night at Lambeau Field. Photo: Morry Gash / AP

"The [NFL players'] issues have been 'overtaken by political forces,' NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said," per AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner:

"More than 200 players either knelt or used other means as expressions of unity last weekend. Lockhart said such actions are not a protest against the anthem or the flag. ... The players knelt ... in response to social injustice."