Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Players kneel, raise fists during national anthem at NFL preseason games

Malcolm Jenkins- cropped Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins
Rita Gibson | 10 August, 2018, 15:29

Defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel as the anthem played and "spent the anthem walking toward the bench", the news outlet reported. As the song began, the players took a knee.

Cornerback De'Vante Bausby joined Jenkins Thursday evening, and defensive end Chris Long placed his arm around Jenkins' shoulder, as Long did last season.

Just before the start of Thursday night's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two Miami Dolphins players knelt on the sideline and another raised a fist.

Stills has routinely knelt for the anthem during his time with the team.

Sports Illustrated reports that the Jaguars' Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith, Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon did not join their teammates skipping the pre-game performance of the anthem.

The NFL released a statement during the game, reaffirming that last year's policy, which allows kneeling with no discipline, is in place.

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Kaepernick applauded the Dolphins players shortly after the display for their protest of "systemic oppression". 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.

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick tweeted his support for the Miami players.

"There has been no change in the NFL's policy regarding the national anthem", league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in the statement. The NFL said in May that players had to stand at attention or stay in the locker room, with teams facing fines and individual players subject to team penalties. The growing popularity of the peaceful protest particularly angered President Donald Trump, who said the act was unpatriotic and called for participating players to be fired.

However, that policy, announced in May, was put on hold last month when the NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed to suspend enforcement of the new rules.

"The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that are of concern to many Americans".

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