‘Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their ‘outrage’ at something that most of them are unable to define’
President Trump criticized NFL players for kneeling during the league’s first round of preseason games, saying, “The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem.”
Several players took a knee during the national anthem Thursday including Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson while another Dolphin, Robert Quinn, raised his fist in the air.
Philadelphia Eagles players De’Vante Bausby and Malcolm Jenkins both raised their fists during the anthem and Jenkins sent out a tweet before the game addressing the high percentage of minorities in prison.
Multiple Jacksonville Jaguars stayed in the locker room during the anthem, including, Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith, Leonard Fournette and T. J. Yeldon.
The NFL recently announced they will not be punishing players who kneel while discussions on the issue continue, but the league’s policy remains the same for now.
In an email league spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote, “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.”