Several NFL players protest national anthem during pre-season games


Kenny Stills and two different Miami Dolphins protested during the national anthem earlier than Thursday’s exhibition recreation in opposition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Receivers Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing alongside the sideline. Defensive finish Robert Quinn stood and raised his proper fist, as he did during the anthem final season with the Los Angeles Rams.

There have been no obvious demonstrations by the Buccaneers.

Stills kneeled during the anthem within the 2016-17 seasons and has been vocal discussing social injustice points that impressed the protest motion by NFL players.

In Philadelphia, Eagles security Malcolm Jenkins, a longtime advocate on social points, and defensive again De’Vante Bausby held up their fists whereas standing on the sideline with their teammates earlier than the sport in opposition to the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers. Defensive finish Chris Lengthy put his arm on Jenkins’ again, an indication of solidarity he started final season.

Later, Seahawks’ defensive linemen Branden Jackson and Quinton Jefferson, and offensive lineman Duane Brown left the sector following workforce introductions and earlier than the beginning of the anthem. They returned to the sideline instantly after it concluded. All three had been amongst a gaggle of Seattle players that sat during the anthem final season.

There have been no different actions by both Seattle or Indianapolis players during the efficiency of anthem.

The league and the players’ union have but to announce a coverage for this season concerning demonstrations during the anthem after the league initially ordered everybody to face on the sideline when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is performed, or stay within the locker room. The Dolphins issued an announcement earlier than coaching camp saying all choices concerning the workforce’s coverage stay open.

“The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players Affiliation concerning the anthem and problems with equality and social justice which can be of concern to many People,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy stated in an e-mail. “Whereas these discussions proceed, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or implementing any membership work guidelines that would lead to players being disciplined for his or her conduct during the efficiency of the anthem.

“In the meantime, there was no change within the NFL’s coverage concerning the national anthem. The anthem will proceed to be performed earlier than each recreation, and all participant and non-player personnel on the sector at the moment are anticipated to face during the presentation of the flag and efficiency of the anthem. Personnel who don’t want to take action can select to stay within the locker room.

“We stay dedicated to working with the players to establish options and to proceed making progress on necessary social points affecting our communities.”



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