NFL players kneel during national anthem before first preseason game

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NFL preseason sees kneeling, raised fists, during national anthem

Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, who plays safety, and De'Vante Bausby, a cornerback, also raised their fists, according to The Philadelphia Enquirer.

The National Football League players were back at it Thursday night by protesting during the national anthem.

None of these players should face disciplinary action.

Despite that cooling-off declaration, Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during before their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

WTVJ Miami reported that Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised his fist during the song.

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Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the playing of the anthem and headed to join his team. Eagles defensive end Chris Long put his arm around Jenkins in a sign of support - just like he did last season.

"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". 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.

"What NFL owners did today was thwart the players' constitutional rights to express themselves and use our platform to draw attention to social injustices like racial inequality in our country", Jenkins said in a statement in May.

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. Individual teams would be responsible for disciplining any demonstrators.

"Meanwhile, there has been no change in the NFL's policy regarding the national anthem".

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