Rob Lowe to NFL: Don't Let Players Disrespect the National Anthem on 9/11

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"Give it a rest for a day and respect the fallen," the actor tweeted.

Rob Lowe had a request for the NFL on Saturday night concerning the recent protests by some players over the national anthem. 

"Dear @NFL Any player wants to boycott the anthem on 9/11 should be asked to remain in the locker room until kick off. It's not their moment," the actor tweeted. 

Most teams will be playing their first official game of the 2016 season on the same day that marks 15 years since the World Trade Center attacks. 

During the preseason, San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem before games in which his team played, saying his actions were a protest against the oppression of minorities in America.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told reporters. His protest relates to videos showing unarmed African-Americans around the country being fatally shot by white police officers.

Kaepernick's jersey has since become the best-selling in the NFL, which has been attributed to both supporters of his cause and those he has upset, some of whom have shared videos burning the jersey.  

Lowe, who was recently roasted on a Comedy Central special, replied to some of his more than 1.2 million followers who both agreed and disagreed with his statement. 

One follower told Lowe he didn't have to like what Kaepernick was doing, but it is his right to not stand. 

"Totally agree with you. But there is a time and place. It's 9/11. Give it a rest for a day and respect the fallen," Lowe responded.