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Dolphins, Eagles players protest during national anthem

D5B_6986 NFL preseason sees kneeling, raised fists, during national anthem
Cary Erickson | 10 August, 2018, 11:12

The growing popularity of the peaceful protest particularly angered President Donald Trump, who said the act was unpatriotic and called for participating players to be fired.

During the NFL Network's television coverage of the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants game, 10 Giants were seen kneeling in unison in an end zone before the National Anthem was played.

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

Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson both kneeled while defensive end Robert Quinn raised his fist before the Fins took on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

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In July, the NFL made a decision to suspend its new anthem policy which required all players on the field to stand for the national anthem.

The rule would have fined teams whose players protested during the anthem, but allowed the teams the choice to wait in the locker room or tunnel while the anthem was performed. Lineman Chris Long placed a supportive arm around Jenkins. 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.

Players have criticized Goodell's ban, calling it an infringement on their right to protest peacefully. He said the team didn't agree with his belief that National Football League players should stand during the anthem.

"For me", he added, "this has never been about taking a knee, raising a fist or anyone's patriotism but doing what we can to effect real change for real people".