Four Miami Dolphins Kneel, KC Chief Raises Fist as NFL Anthem Protests Spread


The National Anthem protests in the NFL continued on Sunday, as four members of the Miami Dolphins and one member of the Kansas City Chiefs conducted demonstrations during pregame ceremonies.

In Kansas City, Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raised his fist during The Star-Spangled Banner before the Chiefs-Chargers game. And in Seattle, prior to the Miami Dolphins-Seattle Seahawks match-up, four Dolphins took a knee as the Anthem was sung.

Dolphins running back Arian Foster told ESPN that he and his teammates who kneeled knew that their protest would draw extra scrutiny given that it took place on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

“They say it’s not the time to do this. Well, when is the time?” Foster said. He added, “That’s the beautiful thing about this country is if somebody feels it’s not good enough, they have their right. And that’s all we’re doing, is exercising the right.”

Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills said the four did not mean to disrespect anyone by kneeling during the Anthem.

“I think there is a lot of negativity surrounding this decision, and we are not looking to hurt anyone’s feelings,” Stills said. “We’re not looking to disrespect anyone. That’s why we chose to put our hands over our heart, as well. We also stood during President Obama’s speech which honored the 9/11 victims.

[image via Twitter – James Walker/ESPN]

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