The NFL and players are losing ground by disgracing the US. It was a surreal scene. Standing on the field at Bills Stadium, minutes before kickoff between the Jets and Bills Sunday, Nashville recording artist Caitlin Koch, an Orchard Park native, sung the national anthem with both sidelines as empty as the stadium seats. The Jets and Bills remained in the locker room as a show of unity against the rash of racial injustice that’s been so rampant in the country.
“We had a couple meetings leading up to the game to put the options out there,’’ Jets coach Adam Gase said after the Jets’ 27-17 loss. “The decision was made as a group that we were going to be together on this and stay in the locker room.’’ According to Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, one of the team captains, the players came to the decision on Thursday. “For us, it was just about making a statement and that was our thought process,’’ Darnold said. “We didn’t talk to Buffalo about it at all. It was just a coincidence that both teams did that.’’e country.