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Trump Responds to NFL Players 'at It Again' In Protest During Anthem

11 August 2018
Trump Responds to NFL Players 'at It Again' In Protest During Anthem

Kenny Stills and two-time Super Bowl victor Malcolm Jenkins were among the NFL players who protested during the national anthem on Thursday, as Colin Kaepernick tweeted his support.

The National Football League has struggled with how to address the issue of protesting players who kneel as the national anthem is played, as they react to Trump's drumbeat of attacks over the past year while managing relations with its players and maintaining its fans. Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins 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.

Meanwhile, Stills said he and Wilson didn't coordinate their decision to kneel.

"Being a part of this protest hasn't been easy", Stills said. Today I had an angel with me with Albert being out there.

Ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to protest in 2016.

The NFL players are at it again - taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem.

The new policy was met with substantial criticism in the weeks that followed, and the National Football League and NFLPA released a joint statement last month indicating the two sides would work together on new resolution and that no rules would be enforced in the meantime.

Trump once warned players to "Stand proudly" for the National Anthem, or "be suspended Without Pay!"

The NFL is working with its labor union on a new national anthem policy after the one it issued in May was not well received.

Players who have participated in the demonstrations have largely described them as a means of protesting racial inequality and police brutality, and several have been quite specific in their concerns and policy goals.

WTVJ Miami reported that Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raised his fist during the song.

"I appreciate his loyalty and support", Stills said.

"This is not going to become a distraction in Jacksonville, this is not going to be a distraction for this team".

"As a man I got certain beliefs", Smith told reporters.

"I got beliefs, I did what I did". I did what I did. "I don't see any reason he and Eric Reid shouldn't be in the league". I respect views. I love the military.

"There's going to be something more said, and until then, we're just trying to go out there and do the best we can".

"Everybody has their own beliefs and certain things", he said. "That's all I'm trying to do: Preach freedom and unity. Just more focused on my teammates right now".

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Tim Williams did not stand with his team, choosing to stand alone in front of the bench with his back toward the field.