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Some NFL players kneel or raise fists during anthem before preseason games

Source: nbcnews.com

Aug 9, 2018 10:52 PM 5+ mon ago

Some NFL players kneel or raise fists during anthem before preseason games Jacksonville Jaguars player Telvin Smith, who did not take the field during the anthem, said of the protest, "As a man, I've got to stand for something," by Phil Helsel / Aug.10.2018 / 4:23 AM ET Philadelphia Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, center left, raises his fist during the national anthem before the team's preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Philadelphia on Aug. 9, 2018.Matt Rourke / AP Breaking News Emails SUBSCRIBE Several NFL players took a knee, raised their fists or stayed off the field as the national anthem played before preseason games on Thursday, protests which last year were attacked by President Donald Trump and which spawned a league policy that was criticized by some as a capitulation. One of those players was Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who raised a fist during the anthem before the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, NBC Sports reported. The NFL champion Eagles famously had a White House visit canceled by Trump in June after it became clear many players would not attend. Philadelphia Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins, center left, raises his fist during the national anthem before the team's preseason NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Philadelphia on Aug. 9, 2018.Matt Rourke / AP "Before we enjoy this game lets take some time to ponder that more than 60% of the prison population are people of color," Jenkins said in a tweet before Thursday's game, in which the Eagles lost 14-31. "The NFL is made up of 70% African Americans. What you witness on the field does not represent the reality of everyday America. We are the anomalies..." he said. Miami Dolphins' wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the anthem, and defensive end Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist Read more.

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