Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Three Miami Dolphins Protest During the National Anthem

AP_16261640009246 NFL preseason sees kneeling, raised fists, during national anthem
Andrew Wong | 10 August, 2018, 08:54

It happened before the Dolphins game against the Buccaneers, and former Chief Albert Wilson was one of the players who took a knee.

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

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

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The Philadelphia Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins and De'Vante Bausby showed resistance to the ban before their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers by raising fists during the anthem, while their teammate Chris Long placed his hand on Jenkins' shoulder, according to Philadelphia-based sports reporter Les Bowen. The players included Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith, Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon.

Jefferson, Jackson and Brown were among the Seahawks players who sat during the anthem last season.

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The anthem controversy has been rumbling since 2016, when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the anthem to draw attention to racial injustice.

Kaepernick applauded the Dolphins players shortly after the display for their protest of "systemic oppression". Many vowed to risk the fine and continue protesting, despite the policy.

The players' union filed a grievance about the policy change, and late last month, the new policy was put on hold while the NFL and NFL Players Association work on a resolution.

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However, he said Thursday the " death toll has jumped significantly", without providing further details. The military said it sent five planes carrying food, medicine, blankets, field tents and water tankers.

The gestures from Stills, Wilson and Quinn come just a day after the Dolphins organization submitted a nine-page disciplinary document to the National Football League that included a section called "Proper Anthem Conduct", according to the Sun-Sentinel.

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