Dolphins, Eagles players protest during national anthem


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 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".

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

The Philadelphia Daily News reported that Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the playing of the anthem and headed to the team bench.

But after backlash from players, the league and union agreed to freeze that policy and continue talks.

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None of these players should face disciplinary action.

It was a show of solidarity with the ongoing protests against police brutality and racial injustice, launched by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and banned by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in May.

There also were at least two players who took a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Personnel who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room. However, three weeks into those negotiations, a resolution has still not been produced and player protests have continued.

Jenkins said earlier that he is afraid the other owners are allowing Jones to speak for them.

"So unless you have some other owners come out with some definitive statements and support, they're going to allow Jerry Jones to push the narrative of not only National Football League owners but National Football League as a whole".