Dolphins receivers Stills, Wilson kneel during anthem

Dolphins receivers Stills, Wilson kneel during anthem

Just before the start of Thursday night's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two Miami Dolphins players knelt on the sideline and another raised a fist.

Another NFL season, another show of racial injustice during the national anthem.

Before the Eagles-Steelers game, Malcolm Jenkins and De'Vante Bausby raised a fist during the playing of the anthem.

Defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel as the anthem played and "spent the anthem walking toward the bench", the news outlet reported.

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The Dolphins players weren't the only ones to renew their protests as the preseason began Thursday night. Earlier this year, the league said it would require players to stand for the national anthem or remain in the locker room.

The NFL's preseason kicked off last week with the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens playing in the annual Hall of Fame Game.

Goodell announced the new anthem policy ― which requires players to "stand and show respect for the flag and anthem ― in response to the growing number of National Football League players who were joining Kaepernick's movement to spread awareness about racial injustice, sparking controversy nationwide".

There were no other actions by either Seattle or Indianapolis players during the performance of anthem. Teammate Chris Long reportedly "placed his arm around Jenkins' shoulder" during the song. 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. The three players - Quinton Jefferson, Branden Jackson and Duane Brown - quickly ran out to join the team after the anthem was complete.

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