Sport NFL players protest during anthem, Colin Kaepernick tweets support

14:51  10 august  2018
14:51  10 august  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Since 2016, some U.S. professional athletes have silently protested alleged police brutality and racial inequality during the playing of the U.S. national anthem .

Nearly two years after then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose to sit on the bench during the national anthem at a preseason game in August Now, the NFL is back where it was at the start — disapproving of players who protest , but without a policy that forces them to stand.

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Kenny Stills and two-time Super Bowl winner Malcolm Jenkins were among the NFL players who protested during the national anthem on Thursday, as Colin Kaepernick tweeted his support.

The NFL has proposed, but not yet implemented, a controversial new anthem policy that requires all players to stand following kneeling demonstrations over social inequality in previous seasons, and Thursday's slate of preseason games saw protests resurface.

Jenkins, playing for the first time since his Eagles won the Super Bowl, raised his fist — an act that 49ers wideout Marquise Goodwin also made before his team's game — while Dolphins receivers Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during the anthem.

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Kaepernick, who was involved when the protests first emerged two years ago and has been out of the league since the 2016 season, praised Stills and Wilson in a tweet that read: "My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee. Albert Wilson @iThinkIsee12 joined him in protest. Stay strong brothers!"

Speaking to reporters after the Eagles' game against the Steelers, Jenkins said: "I just think it's important to keep this conversation going, that we don't let it get stagnant.

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Colin Kaepernick and several other NFL players continued to kneel during the playing of the national anthem , a protest started by San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback, he says, to shed light on wrongdoings against African Americans and other minorities

President Donald Trump has reignited controversy over Colin Kaepernick 's kneeling protest during the national anthem at NFL games. Above, Kaepernick , right, and Eric Reid before a game in 2016. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Thearon W. Henderson.

"You know, as we understand it, everybody's kind of waiting to see what the league is going to do. It's just my personal decision to keep these things at the forefront."

The NFL released a statement reiterating that it remains in conversation with the players union over the protests.

The statement read:

"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.

"While those discussions continue, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem.

"Meanwhile, there has been no change in the NFL's policy regarding the national anthem. The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem. Personnel who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room.

"We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issues affecting our communities."

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"He was in the right, kind of making an example there. When he does things like that for our offense, it's a good thing," Adam Gase said.Tannehill, usually reserved in his leadership style, stopped practice and scolded Ballage after he missed a blocking assignment, according to ESPN. Because of Ballage's miss, Charles Harris got a clean sack.

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