Seahawks leave field prior to national anthem

Heather Diaz
August 10, 2018

In addition to Jenkins, Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during the anthem.

Several NFL players took a knee, raised fists or did not take to the field while the National Anthem was played Thursday night before preseason games.

The Dolphins players weren't the only ones to renew their protests as the preseason began Thursday night.

The protests about racial injustice and social inequality led players to kneel during the anthem and it was a big issue at National Football League games last season.

After a quiet Hall of Fame game last week in which there were no protests, there were several demonstrations in the first full week of preseason games on Thursday, including kneel-downs and fists in the air.

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In July, the NFL chose to suspend its new anthem policy which required all players on the field to stand for the national anthem.

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. Lineman Chris Long placed a supportive arm around Jenkins.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported that Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the playing of the anthem and headed to the team bench.

In Florida, Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith, Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon of the Jacksonville Jaguars did not show up on the field before their game against the New Orleans Saints until after the anthem was over, according to Florida-Times Union reporter Phillip Heilman. The growing popularity of the peaceful protest particularly angered President Donald Trump, who said the act was unpatriotic and called for participating players to be fired.

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