NFL preseason sees kneeling, raised fists, during national anthem

AP061105053906

AP061105053906

Stills and Wilson kneeled behind teammates who were standing along the sideline.

Several NFL players took a knee, raised fists or did not take to the field while the National Anthem was played Thursday night before preseason games.

There were no other actions by either Seattle or Indianapolis players during the performance of anthem.

Before the Eagles-Steelers game, Malcolm Jenkins and De'Vante Bausby raised a fist during the playing of the anthem.

"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", league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email.

The section said fines or suspensions could potentially be handed out to players who kneel during the anthem.

The newspaper noted that Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised his fist while standing during the anthem, renewing a protest he did during the 2017 National Football League season.

Defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel as the anthem played and "spent the anthem walking toward the bench", the news outlet reported.

Trump in June uninvited the Eagles from visiting the White House in honor of their Super Bowl win months earlier.

It was a show of solidarity with the ongoing protests against police brutality and racial injustice, launched by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and banned by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in May.

The NFL modified its national anthem protocol in May, prohibiting any sort of demonstrations for the 2018 season, but allowing players to remain in the locker room during the anthem if they chose to.

Notícias recomendadas

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.