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Dolphins receivers Stills, Wilson kneel during anthem

10 August 2018

The NFL issued a statement Thursday night saying they will continue to play the anthem before games.

National anthem protests returned to the NFL Thursday, as two Miami Dolphins players took a knee and one of their teammates raised a fist during "The Star Spangled Banner" ahead of the team's preseason opener. Quinn stood and raised his right fist, as he did during the anthem last season with the Rams.

Despite that cooling-off declaration, Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during before their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Kaepernick applauded the Dolphins players shortly after the display for their protest of "systemic oppression".

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.

Their actions came weeks after the league shelved its new policy regarding conduct surrounding the anthem until it reaches an agreement with the NFL Players Association. Eagles defensive end Chris Long had his arm around Jenkins in a show of solidarity. 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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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. The three players - Quinton Jefferson, Branden Jackson and Duane Brown - quickly ran out to join the team after the anthem was complete.

After confusion, the National Football League made a decision to take its new policy back to the drawing board and consult with the players association.

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Dolphins receivers Stills, Wilson kneel during anthem