Former Chief Albert Wilson kneels during national anthem at Dolphins game


Former Chief Albert Wilson kneels during national anthem at Dolphins game

Ross Houston
August 10, 2018

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins resumed his protest against social inequality by raising his fist during the national anthem prior to Thursday's preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It has been almost two years since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first knelt during the anthem in protest of social injustices, sparking a movement among players like Stills and Wilson.

And in Seattle, three Seahawks players - Branden Jackson, Quinton Jefferson and Duane Brown - ran into the dressing room ahead of the anthem being played and returned for the start of the match.

Jenkins had stopped that practice during last season, after the National Football League owners made a financial commitment to the Players Coalition, a charity endeavor he co-founded to help end social injustice in this country.


The only teammate to do the same was cornerback De'Vante Bausby. "You know what I mean?"

"But as a man I've got to stand for something". I don't really like the word "protest" because when people hear the word "protest" they think of it in a negative way.

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.

However, that policy, announced in May, was put on hold last month when the NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed to suspend enforcement of the new rules. "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".


There also were at least two players who took a knee during the playing of the national anthem.

Several players took a knee, raised fists or did not take to the field while the National Anthem was played before a dozen preseason games began across the country.

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


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