Despite a few steps being taken by the NFL, it doesn’t appear that much is going to be different this season when it comes to players disrespect the American flag, their freedom, and the National Anthem.
Players have already been spotted during preseason games kneeling and raising their fists during the National Anthem, continuing their divisive “protest” for the third year in a row.
Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson, both of the Miami Dolphins, knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” ahead of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Miami Herald reported.
Robert Quinn, a defensive end for the Dolphins, raised his fist. Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, who plays safety, and De’Vante Bausby, a cornerback, also raised their fists prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
— Chris Fischer NBC6 (@FischerNBC6) August 9, 2018
Malcolm Jenkins and De’Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem. Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the anthem and spent the anthem walking toward the bench. Chris Long placed his arm around Jenkins’ shoulder.
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) August 9, 2018
Defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel as the anthem played and “spent the anthem walking toward the bench,” the news outlet reported. Teammate Chris Long reportedly “placed his arm around Jenkins’ shoulder” during the song.
Malcolm Jenkins held his fist in the air in the during the national anthem. He had stopped last December. Chris Long had his arm around Jenkins.
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) August 9, 2018
Here’s what the NFL said about the preseason protests:
“The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that are of concern to many Americans,” the statement said. “While those discussions continue, the NFL 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 statement went on to say that the league’s national anthem policy remained unchanged: it will continue to be played before each game, and all players and team staff on the field are expected to stand for the flag and the anthem. Those who choose not to stand must remain in the locker rooms.
These folks don’t understand that they are disrespecting the very country that provided them with an opportunity to make something of their lives, each and every time they kneel. It’s also a slap in the face to the men and women who have fought, bled, and died for the flag and the freedoms it represents.
If these people want to protest, that’s fine. Do it on your own time. It’s that simple.
Source: Fox News
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