Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Three Dolphins players protest during national anthem before exhibition game

Three Dolphins players protest during national anthem before exhibition game

The Miami Dolphins' Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson both knelt during the anthem ahead of their preseason opener game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Miami Herald sports reporter Adam Beasely.

Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn (94) raises his right fist during the singing of the national anthem on Thursday.

Michael Bennett of the Eagles did not participate in the anthem and instead walked out of the tunnel and toward the bench while the anthem was sung, Bowen reported. "We all have different realities in this country and they understand my perspective". I don't know if it's going to be every week, can't answer if it's going to be every week. "You guys know what's going on". This is not going to become a distraction, and Jacksonville's not going to become a distraction for this team.

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"But as a man I've got to stand for something". I did what I did.

"For me", he added, "this has never been about taking a knee, raising a fist or anyone's patriotism but doing what we can to effect real change for real people".

Franchise owners agreed on a policy earlier this year that requires players to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner if they are on the field.

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After confusion, the National Football League chose to take its new policy back to the drawing board and consult with the players association.

The NFL has said it won't punish the players who took part in the protests on Thursday, reiterating the league's decision to shelve its new policy regarding conduct surrounding the anthem until it reaches an agreement with the NFL Players Association. The NFL said in May that players had to stand at attention or stay in the locker room, with teams facing fines and individual players subject to team penalties. "In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA's grievance and on the NFL's anthem policy".

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

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