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Posted: September 24, 2017

Falcons, Lions link arms during national anthem; singer kneels after performing it

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 024: Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank joins arms with his players during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 024: Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank joins arms with his players during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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By The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DETROIT —

Before kickoff of the Lions and Falcons game, both teams stood linking arms on the sidelines to “celebrate (our) differences,” the announcer said before Rico LaVelle sang the national anthem. 

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Falcons owner Arthur Blank linked arms with Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman on the sidelines. Detroit Lions owner Martha Firestone Ford stood with her arms linked with the players. 

LaVelle, the Detroit-native singer, waited until the end of the “The Star-Spangled Banner” to kneel. 


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