Three Miami Dolphins Protest During the National Anthem

NFL preseason sees kneeling, raised fists, during national anthem

NFL preseason sees kneeling, raised fists, during national anthem

On Thursday night, Dolphins receivers Kenny Stills and Wilson were sitting on the bench when the anthem began and then they took a knee.

Some players held their fists in the air, while others made a decision to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action.

WTVJ Miami reported that Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised his fist during the song.

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.

In Philadelphia, where the world champs played the Pittsburgh Steelers, Eagles captain and safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De'Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem. Lineman Chris Long placed a supportive arm around Jenkins.

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The debate ratcheted up a notch in 2017 when US President Donald Trump said kneeling players showed "total disrespect for our great country".

The section said fines or suspensions could potentially be handed out to players who kneel during the anthem.

During the NFL Network's television coverage of the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants game, 10 Giants were seen kneeling in unison in an end zone before the National Anthem was played.

National anthem protests returned to the NFL Thursday, as two Miami Dolphins players took a knee and one of their teammates raised a fist during "The Star Spangled Banner" ahead of the team's preseason opener. Individual teams would be responsible for disciplining any demonstrators. Instead, the league opted to join with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to come up with a joint policy.

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