Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

NFL preseason sees kneeling, raised fists, during national anthem

NFL preseason sees kneeling, raised fists, during national anthem

Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson both kneeled while defensive end Robert Quinn raised his fist before the Fins took on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

The NFL's regular season is a month away, but players are already defying the league's new policy banning peaceful protests during the national anthem.

The Giants opened their preseason at home against the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, and Big Blue defensive lineman A.J. Francis raised his fist at the end of the anthem, NJ.com reported.

The anthem controversy has been rumbling since 2016, when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the anthem to draw attention to racial injustice.

Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett, a frequent protestor past year when he played for the Seattle Seahawks, walked out of the tunnel as the anthem played.

Kaepernick applauded the Dolphins players shortly after the display for their protest of "systemic oppression".

The National Football League players were back at it Thursday night by protesting during the national anthem.

Thursday was the first full slate of 2018 NFL preseason games, one week after the Baltimore Ravens beat the Chicago Bears at the NFL Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

The section said fines or suspensions could potentially be handed out to players who kneel during the anthem. Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, who plays safety, and De'Vante Bausby, a cornerback, also raised their fists, according to The Philadelphia Enquirer.

Several Jacksonville Jaguars players were not on the field for the playing of the anthem before their preseason game against the New Orleans Saints, according to The Florida Times Union.

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