NFL players took to the streets on Sunday after the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10.
The players and their families gathered on the sideline for the anthem.
The protest was one of the few opportunities for NFL players to express their opinions on the divisive national anthem protests that have sparked national debate in recent weeks.
The NFL Players Association issued a statement Sunday, saying the players and others in the league are united in opposing the use of the national anthem in protest of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“The NFLPA is fully committed to a peaceful, respectful and inclusive environment for all,” the statement read.
“This is our country and it’s time for us to show the same respect and compassion for all Americans.”
The protest has garnered criticism from some players.
Several players said Sunday that they believe the national song should be sung instead of the anthem and that they will not be standing for it.
Players have been protesting the anthem since last season, when protests began in support of Black Lives Matter and began to grow into the protest that drew national attention.
The protests have been met with opposition from police officers, members of the military, the NFL’s Commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL executives.
The union said Sunday it has invited the owners of the teams participating in Sunday’s game to attend a protest on the sidelines, which could include a full practice.
The league and players have not released an official list of players who will participate in the protest, which has yet to be announced.
The Cowboys defeated Carolina 31-23 on Sunday in their first meeting of the season.