NFL players kneel, raise fists or sit out National Anthem

Philadelphia Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins raised his fist during the national anthem receiving support from Chris Long

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.

It has been almost two years since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first knelt during the anthem in protest of social injustices, sparking a movement among players like Stills and Wilson.

As The Associated Press reports, in Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who suspended his protest last December, and cornerback De'Vante Bausby, raised their fists while defensive end Chris Long stood with his arm around Jenkins' shoulder. There were no apparent protests by the Buccaneers.

"My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee", the tweet said.

The NFL issued a statement Thursday night saying they will continue to play the anthem before games.

Jenkins met with Reverend Jesse Jackson when Jackson visited the team this week.

The players' union filed a grievance about the policy change, and late last month, the new policy was put on hold while the NFL and NFL Players Association work on a resolution.

"While those discussions continue, the National Football League has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem".

The league noted that while players won't be disciplined, it expects all players on the field to stand during the presentation of the flag and the anthem. The NFL said in May that players had to stand at attention or stay in the locker room, with teams facing fines and individual players subject to team penalties.

It was a show of solidarity with the ongoing protests against police brutality and racial injustice, launched by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and banned by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in May.

"We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issue affecting our communities".

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