During a meeting with the players on Wednesday night, Giants co-owner John Mara requested for them to stand during the national anthem but said he would support those who kneel, LB Jonathan Casillas relayed to reporters on Thursday.
S Landon Collins said the meeting was a "heart-to-heart" and that Mara was "very supportive" of the players, according to Art Stapleton of The Record.
Collins, Damon Harrison, and Olivier Vernon all knelt during the anthem prior to Sunday's game against the Eagles in response to President Donald Trump's comments on Friday night.
"Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired. He's fired," Trump said on Friday, alluding to Colin Kaepernick's protest of police brutality and inequality.
Vernon said on Thursday that he's unsure if he'll kneel again prior to this Sunday's game, adding that he thinks some people misconstrued the protests.
"I think people took it as a sign of disrespect when really, it's far from disrespect," he said. "There's rules and regulations and there are things as a citizen, you have a right to do and it's not about disrespecting anybody. I feel like people really got to do their research before they speak on certain things that they call and deem disrespectful."
Mara and fellow co-owner Steve Tisch had released a statement on Saturday, calling Trump's statements "offensive."
"Comments like we heard last night from the president are inappropriate, offensive and divisive," Mara and Tisch said. "We are proud of our players, the vast majority of whom use their NFL platform to make a positive difference in our society."
Giants OL Justin Pugh said on Wednesday that he was initially a critic of Kaepernick and those who protested, but that he now understands -- and will support teammates who don't stand for the anthem.