Dolphins receivers Stills, Wilson kneel during anthem

Annette Crawford
Августа 10, 2018

Goodell announced the new anthem policy ― which requires players to "stand and show respect for the flag and anthem ― in response to the growing number of National Football League players who were joining Kaepernick's movement to spread awareness about racial injustice, sparking controversy nationwide".

Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson, both of the Miami Dolphins, kneeled during The Star-Spangled Banner, ahead of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Miami Herald reported.

NFL players continued to protest the national anthem on Thursday night as the league began its first full week of the 2018 preseason.

Robert Quinn, a defensive end for the Dolphins, raised his fist.

Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett, a frequent protestor a year ago when he played for the Seattle Seahawks, walked out of the tunnel as the anthem played.

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Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins resumed his national anthem protest prior to the Eagles' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, raising his fist in the air along with teammate De'Vante Bausby, per 97.3's John McMullen.

Several Jacksonville Jaguars players were not on the field for the playing of the anthem before their preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, according to The Florida Times Union.

The anthem controversy has been rumbling since 2016, when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the anthem to draw attention to racial injustice. It was not immediately clear how many saw signs of protest.

Kaepernick tweeted Thursday night, lauding the action of two players who protested.

The new policy was met with a lot of disdain from the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), who stated that they were not consulted prior to the NFL's decision being publicized.

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