Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

NFL players kneel, raise fists or sit out National Anthem

NFL players kneel, raise fists or sit out National Anthem

Kenny Stills and two other Miami Dolphins protested during the national anthem before Thursday's exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The NFL introduced a new national anthem policy this season.

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins resumed his national anthem protest prior to the Eagles' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, raising his fist in the air along with teammate De'Vante Bausby, per 97.3's John McMullen.

The Dolphins players weren't the only ones to renew their protests as the preseason began Thursday night.

Thursday was the first full slate of 2018 NFL preseason games, one week after the Baltimore Ravens beat the Chicago Bears at the NFL Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. Defensive end Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist, as he did during the anthem last season with the Los Angeles Rams.


No players knelt during the anthem that night. Players who do not want to stand during the anthem are allowed to remain in the locker room (or in the tunnel) without facing punishment. Lineman Chris Long placed a supportive arm around Jenkins.

In Florida, Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith, Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon of the Jacksonville Jaguars did not show up on the field before their game against the New Orleans Saints until after the anthem was over, according to Florida-Times Union reporter Phillip Heilman.

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

Their actions came weeks after the league shelved its new policy regarding conduct surrounding the anthem until it reaches an agreement with the NFL Players Association.

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