"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".
Miami Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn raises his right fist during the singing of the national anthem, before the team's NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Michael Bennett of the Eagles did not participate in the anthem and instead walked out of the tunnel and toward the bench while the anthem was sung, Bowen reported.
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"My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee".
Another NFL season, another show of racial injustice during the national anthem.
Some players held their fists in the air, while others chose to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action. The league has been under pressure from President Trump and his followers to take action against players who take a knee in a silent protest against racism. The three players - Quinton Jefferson, Branden Jackson and Duane Brown - quickly ran out to join the team after the anthem was complete. Personnel who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room.
"We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issues affecting our communities".