NFL National Anthem Protests: Players Kneel, Raise Fists In Thursday Games

Paola Ditto
Agosto 10, 2018

In addition to Jenkins, Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during the anthem.

During pregame warmups, multiple Eagles players wore T-shirts raising awareness about voter registration and prison populations.

The league and the players' union have yet to announce a policy for this season regarding demonstrations during the anthem after the league initially ordered everyone to stand on the sideline when "The Star-Spangled Banner" is played, or remain in the locker room. The Daily News said Eagles captain Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De'Vante Bausby raised their fists. The players included Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith, Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon.

The 2018 NFL preseason got underway in earnest Thursday night with 24 teams taking the field, and as such, the protest against racial and social injustice continued at a couple stadiums around the league.

The Dolphins players weren't the only ones to renew their protests as the preseason began Thursday night. It was not immediately clear how many saw signs of protest.

A pair of Miami Dolphins football players took a knee during the national anthem before the team's preseason opener on Thursday.

There were no other actions by either Seattle or Indianapolis players during the performance of anthem. 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.

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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