Monday, 15 October, 2018

NFL players emphasize reasons for anthem demonstrations

Colin Kaepernick talks to reporters during a press conference after an NFL game Modal Trigger Colin Kaepernick Getty Images
Shannon Reynolds | 12 August, 2018, 02:08

NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem to protest incidents of police abuse have prompted Broward County's police union to urge officers to return their discounted Miami Dolphins tickets for refunds.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase has said he was not telling his players what to do during the anthem and the team did not have a policy regarding anthem protests before Thursday night's game.

Trump slammed the National Football League on social media Friday morning, saying players should "be happy, be cool" to be a part of the beloved American sport. Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their "outrage" at something that a lot of them are unable to define.

Mr. Trump, who triggered an uproar previous year after condemning players protesting social injustice, lashed out again after two Miami Dolphins players took a knee during a pre-season game on Thursday. "They make a fortune doing what they love", Trump tweeted yesterday. Most of that money goes to the players anyway.

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As the peaceful protests, conducted predominantly by black athletes, expanded, Trump began lashing out, criticising the kneeling as "disgraceful". Stills suggested the league start by with employing Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, the two players who started the movement to protest police brutality and racial and social injustice by kneeling during the anthem.

Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson were the only players to kneel during the anthem, while teammate Robert Quinn raised his fist before facing the Buccaneers.

A new NFL policy announced earlier this year requires players to stand during the national anthem but gives them an option of remaining in the locker room during the pregame performance of the song if they choose.

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