Dolphins, Eagles players protest during national anthem

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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.

Several players took a knee, raised fists or did not take to the field while the National Anthem was played before a dozen preseason games began across the country. Defensive end Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist, as he did during the anthem last season with the Los Angeles Rams. There were no apparent protests by the Buccaneers.

Last year, President Trump condemned players who refused to stand for the anthem, calling for fans to boycott National Football League games unless teams did something to stop the protests.

But the owners approved a new policy in May that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the anthem. In July, the league and players association jointly announced that the new rule was "frozen" until further notice. "Albert Wilson joined him in protest". All three were among a group of Seattle players that sat during the anthem last season.

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"As a man, I got certain beliefs", said Smith, who wore "Salute the Service" cleats.

In June, Trump downplayed the concerns of the players, saying this about their cause: "I don't know if it's a real issue".

"I think it was just kind of a culmination of how the offseason went and where we are now", he said.

Jenkins met with Reverend Jesse Jackson when Jackson visited the team this week. "And I understand that". It was love. I hope people see it and respect it. Nevertheless, the league said players "are expected to stand" during the anthem if they choose to be on the field during its playing.

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Malcolm Jenkins has resumed a habit he had discontinued for awhile last season during the national anthem.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who has said his players will stand for the anthem and not remain in the locker room, has previously spoken to Trump about the anthem issue.

"But we've seen in other leagues when they've chose to amplify the voices of their players to also emphasize the importance of the issues that we're raising, and change the narrative away from the anthem, that not only is it more acceptable, the fan base gets educated on what we're talking about, and we can actually make some movement".

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