After several NFL players protested the national anthem Sunday, a picture of boy in Alabama standing for the anthem is gaining a lot of attention.
The photo shows 12-year-old Dawson Butts holding his hand over his heart and standing for the anthem last Friday before a football game between J.U. Blacksher High School and Washington County High School in Chatom, Alabama.
The photo was taken by Carol Welch, who photographs sporting events for J.U. Blacksher, located in Uriah, Alabama.
Welch said the photo of Butts was by far the most popular picture of all the pictures of the game she posted to Facebook, according to local news outlet WKRG.
Welch referenced the WKRG article on Monday and the picture of Butts on her Facebook page, saying she was proud to be an alumna of J.U. Blacksher High School.
“Also to be associated with such FINE respectable people. Read the article attached,” she said.
Welch said people from across the U.S. have shown their support for the photograph.
Roughly 200 NFL players knelt during the anthem on Sunday in response to comments made by President Donald Trump on Friday in which he criticized NFL players who have protested the national anthem.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’” Trump said.
Three NFL teams — the Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans — also refused to take the field on Sunday during the anthem.
In July a J.D. Power survey revealed that players protesting the national anthem were the number one reason fans watched fewer NFL games last season.
The survey found that 26 percent of viewers who watched fewer games in 2016 said player protests — which originated with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — were the top reason they did so.
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