NFL Players Renew Anthem Protests As Pre-Season Starts

NFL Players Renew Anthem Protests As Pre-Season Starts

NFL Players Renew Anthem Protests As Pre-Season Starts

Just before the start of Thursday night's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two Miami Dolphins players knelt on the sideline and another raised a fist.

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.

Malcolm Jenkins has resumed a habit he had discontinued for awhile last season during the national anthem. There were no apparent protests by the Buccaneers.

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After a quiet Hall of Fame game last week in which there were no protests, there were several demonstrations in the first full week of preseason games on Thursday, including kneel-downs and fists in the air.

"Meanwhile, there has been no change in the NFL's policy regarding the national anthem". The Dolphins issued a statement before training camp saying all options regarding the team's policy remain open.

Brian McCarthy added: "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". No players knelt during the anthem that night. That rule has since been pulled off the table with the hope that the players and owners can come to a negotiated agreement before the season begins.

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Jenkins met with Reverend Jesse Jackson when Jackson visited the team this week.

However, that policy, announced in May, was put on hold last month when the NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed to suspend enforcement of the new rules. Personnel who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room.

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