Fox and ESPN do not plan to air the national anthem live during this weekend’s and Monday night’s games.
The networks don’t usually air the pre-game ritual live except during major events, but began showing it after President Trump lashed out against players who took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality, CNN reported.
Networks did not broadcast the anthem last week, but Vice President Mike Pence pushed the controversy back into the forefront when he left the Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game Sunday when several 49ers kneeled during the anthem.
Trump has since said he is “proud” of his vice president for leaving.
It’s unclear whether CBS and NBC plan to air the anthem live.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is meeting with the NFL Players Association and team owners next week in New York to discuss the controversial protests.
The league has pushed back on reports that it plans to force players to stand during the anthem.
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