NFL players continued to protest during the national anthem on Thursday night as the league began the first full week of its 2018 preseason.

On Thursday night, during the national anthem, the NFL players continually protested as the league started the initial full week of its 2018 preseason. Some players were seen holding the fists in the air while others kneeled, irrespective of the argument and clash going on around. Both of the Miami Dolphins and Wide receivers Albert Wilson and Kenny Stills were observed kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” before their game contrary to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to the report of Miami Herald. Robert Quinn who’s considered to be the defensive end for the Dolphins was observed with a raised fist.

Others raising the fists included De’Vante Bausby, a cornerback, and Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, one who plays safety. They raised their fists before the game played against the Pittsburgh Steelers as told by the Philadelphia Inquirer. According to the report of the news outlet, as the anthem played, the defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel and the whole anthem passed while he walked towards the bench. During the song, the team fellow called Chris Long put his arm around Jenkin’s shoulder, according to the report.

On the preseason protest, the NFL forwarded a statement, “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. While those discussions continue, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem.” The statement continued saying that the policy regarding the national anthem of the league stays unaltered, it will always be played with the starting of each game, team staff and all the players present on the field are likely to stand for the anthem and the flag. Ones who opt not to stand must stay in their locker rooms.

The statement finished with the clause, “We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issues affecting our communities.” Players went after the early 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick across the NFL in bowing down as the national anthem played the previous season in protest of racial injustice and social inequality. It arose the national talk of patriotism, and derived sharp hatred from the President Donald Trump, who condemned the kneeling ones considering it to be disrespectful to the United States.

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