Miami Dolphins Players Become First to Kneel During Anthem This Season


Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson today became the first players this season to protest during the national anthem by taking a knee, before the team’s season opening game against the Tennessee Titans.

Earlier today President Trump tweeted again about the kneeling controversy and ESPN reported the NFL will not be instituting a new policy regarding anthem protests this season.

Stills and Wilson knelt, and defensive end Robert Quinn raised a fist, during the National Anthem on Sunday, continuing the protest first undertaken by former quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Both receivers also kneeled during pre-season games, and Stills spoke with the New York Times on the topic just last week.

“No one wants this added stress or added negativity or hatred coming toward them,” he told the Times. “We truly just want to use our platform to say, hey, we’ve got issues going on, how can we all get involved to work together.” He also said he will not stand for the anthem until Kaepernick and Eric Reid, who protested with Kaepernick, are back.

“Only if they return to the field will he consider standing during the national anthem,” wrote the Times.

Reid tweeted the same message that Kaepernick tweeted (above) regarding the players.

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