Miami Dolphins Players Become First to Kneel During Anthem This Season

Miami Dolphins Players Become First to Kneel During Anthem This Season

Kaepernick, who first kneeled during the USA national anthem in 2016 and has not played since January 2017, took to social media to hail the Dolphins duo for their bravery.

"Love is at the root of our resistance!"

TMZ reported how US President, Donald Trump, took a shot at the NFL and player protests before Sunday's games, saying, "Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad past year comparison". The protest soon spread around the league with critics - including the USA president - saying it disrespected the flag and the military.

Kaepernick's message got through to his friends in Miami.

Kaepernick shared a photo of wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeling during the anthem, praising the players for showing "unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed!"

Trump renewed his clash with the National Football League after it released a statement Tuesday praising former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for raising social justice issues.

At least one university, the College of the Ozarks, dropped its Nike uniforms last week in response to the ad campaign, which features a photo of Kaepernick with the caption "Believe in something".

More news: Packers' Aaron Rodgers returns after knee injury

All players appeared to stand during the anthem, according to Mediaite, except Michael Bennett of the Eagles, who apparently sat at the end.

The league will not put a new policy in place this season, Newsweek reported.

Another said: "I wonder what Colen Kaepernick has sacrificed for his country and people?"

There did not appear to be any other player protests during the playing of the national anthem before other games Sunday. "Otherwise worse!" he added.

Players began sitting or kneeling during the anthem in 2016 to protest racial inequality, police brutality and other issues.

Meanwhile, today's NFL players' anthem protests come as the NFL and NFL Players Association remain in a stalemate on whether to implement a policy on players standing for the national anthem.

"But I think as the season goes on the game always triumphs".

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