Kenny Stills and 2 other Dolphins protest during national anthem

Kenny Stills and 2 other Dolphins protest during national anthem

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, a longtime advocate on social issues, and defensive back De'Vante Bausby held up their fists while standing on the sideline with their teammates before the game against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.

Of course, President Trump was ready to fire off some of his thoughts as soon as those knees hit the turf.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills has been kneeling during the national anthem to protest the racist American justice system for portions of the last three NFL seasons.

"I try not to discuss it with too many guys, because I don't want guys to feel pressured into doing anything", Jenkins said.

In a second tweet, Trump claimed that "Most of the money goes to the players anyway", but there is no proof that is true.

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 reiterated that players who do not wish to stand during the anthem should stay in the changing room.

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A dozen NFL preseason games kicked off Thursday night along with multiple national anthem protests by the players.

The NFL introduced a new national anthem policy this season.

Miami Dolphins' player Robert Quinn raised his fist in the air in protest during the National Anthem this week.

He claimed Friday that the players were outraged against "something that majority are unable to define", however players have repeatedly said they are protesting disenfranchismenet of black people in the United States. "Albert Wilson joined him in protest".

Jenkins said they "won't let (the league) stop what we stand for", adding: "I think it's important to utilise the platform as we can because for whatever reason, we have framed this demonstration in a negative light".

"While those discussions continue, the National Football League has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem", the statement concluded. "I don't think it's a real issue". "In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA's grievance and on the NFL's anthem policy".

"But we've seen in other leagues when they've made a decision to amplify the voices of their players to also emphasize the importance of the issues that we're raising, and change the narrative away from the anthem, that not only is it more acceptable, the fan base gets educated on what we're talking about, and we can actually make some movement".

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