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Sports Smith among 4 Jaguars in locker room during anthem: 'I've got to stand for something'

17:38  10 august  2018
17:38  10 august  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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In Jacksonville, four Jaguars remained in the locker room during the national anthem , and team officials said it would be up to the players to explain why they weren't on the field. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey, linebacker Telvin Smith , and running backs Leonard Fournette and T.J

In Jacksonville, four Jaguars remained in the locker room during the national anthem , and team officials said it would be up to the players to explain why they weren’t on the field. “But as a man I ’ ve got to stand for something .

  Smith among 4 Jaguars in locker room during anthem: 'I've got to stand for something' © Logan Bowles / Getty Images Sport / Getty

To combat continued protests, the NFL instituted a new policy allowing players to remain in the locker room during the anthem.

The policy was put on hold as the league and NFLPA agreed to search for a compromise on the matter, but it didn't stop a collection of players from trying it out Thursday night.

Four members of the Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Fournette, Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith, and T.J. Yeldon - remained in the locker room during the anthem before their game against the New Orleans Saints, according to Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk.

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Four Jacksonville Jaguars players elected to remain in the locker room during the national anthem before their preseason game Thursday night. Reporters wanted answers. So after signing autographs for two small children bearing Florida State helmets at his locker , Smith spoke.

In Jacksonville, four Jaguars remained in the locker room during the national anthem , and team officials said it would be up to the players to explain why they weren't on the field. "But as a man I ' ve got to stand for something .

"This is not going to become a distraction for this team. I've got beliefs. I did what I did," Smith said after the game.

"I don't know if it's going to be every week; can't answer if it's going to be every week. But, as a man, I've got to stand for something."

The Jaguars' stud weakside linebacker also wore his "Salute to Service" cleats during the game in honor of the military.

Fournette, the team's star running back, didn't get into specifics about the protest.

"It's a personal thing, and I don't want to get into it, but everyone has their own beliefs in certain things," he said.

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