Eagles, 'Fins players protest during anthem

Silvia Morton
August 10, 2018

Kaepernick tweeted Thursday night, lauding the action of two players who protested.

The Miami Herald reported that Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, along with wide receiver Albert Wilson, knelt during the anthem before a home game against Tampa Bay.

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins resumed his protest against social inequality by raising his fist during the national anthem prior to Thursday's preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Earlier this summer, the National Football League ordered players to stay in the locker room if they meant to kneel for the anthem.

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The Dolphins players weren't the only ones to renew their protests as the preseason began Thursday night.

Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett, a frequent protestor previous year when he played for the Seattle Seahawks, walked out of the tunnel as the anthem played.

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. Eagles defensive end Chris Long had his arm around Jenkins in a show of solidarity.

Some players held their fists in the air, while others chose to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action. The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the 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.

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