The movement was started last year by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled during the anthem to protest racial inequality -- specifically police brutality and a lack of prosecution and conviction of officers who shoot and kill unarmed black men.
The Bengals locked arms for the first time last Sunday during the anthem. Coach Marvin Lewis called it a display of support for the community and one another.
"My belief personally is that during our national anthem, it's not a time to grandstand for politics,” Deters said. “The time to do that is on your own."
Not all Bengals fans are on board with bashing the NFL.
Eric Slee said the response has been embarrassing.
“I think a lot of Bengals fans tend to bandwagon pretty quick, on and off,” Slee said.
Billy Watson, co-owner of Kitty’s Sports Bar in Cincinnati, said he thinks kneeling during the national anthem is “a little bit over the top.”
"The veterans that made this country great, if it weren't for them we wouldn't be playing football on Sunday,” Watson said. “So, if you have a forum or something you stand for, don't do it on the NFL time, do it on your own time."