Miami Dolphins Players Kneel For Anthem During NFL Preseason Opener

Jose Verdugo
Agosto 10, 2018

The NFL issued a statement Thursday night saying they will continue to play the anthem before games. Defensive end Robert Quinn raised his fist, and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De'Vante Bausby also raised fists.

Several NFL players took a knee, raised fists or did not take to the field while the National Anthem was played Thursday night before preseason games. It happened before the Dolphins game against the Buccaneers, and former Chief Albert Wilson was one of the players who took a knee.

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

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.

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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.

Some players held their fists in the air, while others made a decision to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action. Lineman Chris Long placed a supportive arm around Jenkins.

The section said fines or suspensions could potentially be handed out to players who kneel during the anthem. The three players - Quinton Jefferson, Branden Jackson and Duane Brown - quickly ran out to join the team after the anthem was complete. The NFL instituted a new policy in March that banned kneeling, but the policy was suspended as the league and NFLPA try and work toward a compromise.

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