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NFL Preseason Kicks Off with Protests Against Police Brutality

HeadlineAug 10, 2018

The National Football League’s preseason games began Thursday night with a number of players protesting during the national anthem—kneeling, raising their fists or staying in the locker room during the anthem. Among the protesting players, Malcolm Jenkins and De’Vante Bausby of the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles both raised their fists, while Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the playing of the anthem and headed to the team bench. On the Miami Dolphins, wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson both took a knee during the anthem, while Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn and wide receiver Kenny Stills both raised their fists. Colin Kaepernick, the player who started the protests in 2016, also tweeted a photo with Stills, writing, “My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee…stay strong brothers.” The two are wearing shirts reading “I know my rights.” The NFL says it will not punish the players for protesting, saying it has suspended its newly implemented policy of fining teams with protesting players, because the league did not consult with the players association before implementing the policy.

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