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Three Dolphins players protest during national anthem before exhibition game

The NFL does not start again until September Image The NFL does not start again until September
Kristopher Love | 10 August, 2018, 13:59

Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson knelt during the national anthem before the team's preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, becoming the first players to do so since the NFL tried to implement a rule requiring players to stand.

After withstanding two seasons of backlash against players kneeling, raising fists and displaying other means of protest during the anthem, the National Football League said it would fine teams with protesting players directly, who in turn would have it in their discretion to enforce pregame anthem observations in their own ways.

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins resumed his national anthem protest prior to the Eagles' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, raising his fist in the air along with teammate De'Vante Bausby, per 97.3's John McMullen.

There were no apparent demonstrations by the Buccaneers.

All of the players on each team at New England appeared to stand for the national anthem, some bowing their heads and others placing their hands on their hearts.

The protests came in defiance of continued criticism from Donald Trump
Image The protests came in defiance of continued criticism from Donald Trump

Several NFL players have protested during the USA national anthem before pre-season games. "If no one wants to live in unity, that's why we're in the situation we're in".

And in Seattle, three Seahawks players - Branden Jackson, Quinton Jefferson and Duane Brown - ran into the dressing room ahead of the anthem being played and returned for the start of the match.

"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". As the song began, the players took a knee.

The NFL has said it won't punish the players who took part in the protests on Thursday, reiterating the league's decision to shelve its new policy regarding conduct surrounding the anthem until it reaches an agreement with the NFL Players Association.

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