NFL Releases Statement After Three Dolphins Protest During Anthem


Kaepernick on Friday tweeted about the Dolphins players - Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson and Robert Quinn - who engaged in the protests Thursday.

The president of the United States continued his crusade against NFL players Friday morning on Twitter, criticizing those who protested during the national anthem in Thursday night's Week 1 preseason games.

The league quickly put out a statement insisting that "all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand", but clearly the players don't agree and the rule seems totally toothless.

Colin Kapernick, who sparked National Football League player protests of racial injustice and police brutality three years ago, praised Stills and Wilson in a tweet.

The NFL made a decision to put a temporary hold on the implementation of that policy while it meets with the players' union to find a solution.

"Everybody is waiting for what the league is going to do", Jenkins said, cited in an AFP report.

Jenkins was joined on the sideline by cornerback De'Vante Bausby, who also raised a fist. And defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the anthem and walked toward the bench while it played.

Earlier this year, the National Football League announced a ban on protests during "The Star-Spangled Banner", with fines for those who don't stand or wait in the locker room before games.

Before the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots played in New England, all players stood but Ravens linebacker Tim Williams stood with his back toward the field.

Neither Smith, Fournette nor Yeldon elaborated on exactly why they chose to protest by skipping the anthem - Ramsey was not in the locker room when the media was allowed in following the team's 24-20 loss to the Saints - but Smith did say he did it out of love.

"All that's transpired over the [off] season has just changed the context of where we are right now", Jenkins said after the 31-14 loss. That doesn't mean that we stop what we've been standing up for.

An NFL spokesperson told the Chicago Tribune that negotiations about the anthem policy are still taking place.

Videos showed numerous players going the way of Colin Kaepernick and kneeling, a protest the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback started in 2016. Several other players joined the protest.

Dolphins players kneel in protest during the 2017 regular season.

In July, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he wanted all his players to stand during the anthem and they would not be able to stay indoors. The policy also gave players the option to remain in the locker room during the anthem.

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