Earlier this year the NFL announced a policy that required players to stand during the national anthem. But after the policy drew great backlash, and the players union filed a grievance, the NFL froze the policy. During tonight’s preseason game between the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two Miami players took a knee while the anthem played.
Players Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson both took a knee during the anthem in an attempt to create awareness for social justice and racial equality. Neither player knew the other one was going to take a knee. Kenny Stills told the Sun-Sentinel:
‘Being a part of this protest hasn’t been easy. I thought I’d be doing it by myself and today I had an angel out there.’
Defensive end Robert Quinn stood and raised his fist at the same time, and said he’ll continue to do so for the rest of the season. He told the Sun:
‘It’s a free country and I’m just holding my fist up for unity. This is about creating awareness. I’ve been doing this for a long time now. This isn’t a responsibility, it’s something I’m passionate about.’
A lot of the kerfluffle over the anthem has been caused by Donald Trump. He’s spent the last year acting like a nationalistic thug toward professional sports stars who are doing nothing but raising awareness about police violence. He’s spent a big portion of his time denigrating them, cursing at them, and even going so far as to say they should leave the country, which is rich coming from a man in Putin’s back pocket.
If Trump is so concerned about the patriotism of others, he should lead by example and quit attacking other Americans and hold Russia’s feet to the fire for what they’re doing to our democracy.
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