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Dolphins receivers Stills, Wilson kneel during anthem

080818_ACAM Dolphins receivers Stills, Wilson kneel during anthem
Shannon Reynolds | 10 August, 2018, 08:58

Across the NFL, players followed former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem last season in protest of social injustice and racial inequality.

Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson, both of the Miami Dolphins, kneeled during The Star-Spangled Banner, ahead of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Miami Herald reported.

Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist. The Daily News said Eagles captain Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De'Vante Bausby raised their fists.

The rule would have fined teams whose players protested during the anthem, but allowed the teams the choice to wait in the locker room or tunnel while the anthem was performed.

In Florida, Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith, Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon of the Jacksonville Jaguars did not show up on the field before their game against the New Orleans Saints until after the anthem was over, according to Florida-Times Union reporter Phillip Heilman.

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Kaepernick applauded the Dolphins players shortly after the display for their protest of "systemic oppression".

It sparked a national discussion about patriotism, and drew sharp vitriol from President Trump, who condemned those who kneeled as disrespectful to America. Instead, the league opted to join with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to come up with a joint policy.

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.

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