Two Miami Dolphins players took a knee and another raised his fist during the national anthem before their preseason opener Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to the Miami Herald.
Receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled behind teammates standing along the sideline. Defensive end Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist, as he did during the anthem last season with the Los Angeles Rams.
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In May, team owners passed a policy requiring players to remain in the locker room or stand on the sideline during the National Anthem. The Associated Press reported last month that the Dolphins had a provision in their player conduct manual, and anybody who violated that policy could be fined or suspended.
However, the NFL has since put the policy on hold, and no new rules have been created or enforced since. The players’ union was not consulted before the owners passed the new policy, and there are discussions still in the works with the NFL Players Association.
Stills has been at the forefront of the Dolphins players protesting police brutality and racial inequality, and has knelt during the anthem for the majority of the team’s games over the last two seasons. He initially knelt with support from owner Stephen Ross, but Ross later stated that he wished his players would stand to honor the flag during the anthem, according to the Miami Herald.
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