National Anthem: Trump Criticizes Miami Dolphins NFL Protest


Trump's latest NFL Twitter tirade came after several players from the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles kneeled or raised their fists ahead of their teams' Thursday night preseason match-ups. Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn reportedly raised his right fist.

This offseason, the NFL announced a new policy that required players to either stand at attention on the sideline during the national anthem or to remain in the locker room.

"But we've seen in other leagues when they've made a decision to amplify the voices of their players to also emphasize the importance of the issues that we're raising, and change the narrative away from the anthem, that not only is it more acceptable, the fan base gets educated on what we're talking about, and we can actually make some movement".

Following Seattle's 17-19 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Brown releaved he is "likely to stay in the locker room for the anthem all season".

Before the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots played in New England, all players stood but Ravens linebacker Tim Williams stood with his back toward the field.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll released this week found that only 6 percent of African-Americans strongly approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 61 percent said they strongly disapprove of the job he's doing.

Speaking to reporters after the Eagles' game against the Steelers, Jenkins said: "I just think it's important to keep this conversation going, that we don't let it get stagnant". "We all have different realities in this country, and they understand mine and my perspective".

Jenkins, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (who started the protests back in 2016) and ex-Niners safety Eric Reid are among several players who have explicitly stated their protests are in no way meant to disrespect the military and instead are directed at social injustice toward minorities in America.

Jenkins said he didn't know Bausby was going to join him. In fact, National Football League players are lucky enough if they make 45 percent of that money. Players have been protesting police killings of black men, social injustice and racism as they kneel.

In May, NFL owners ratified a modified anthem policy which empowered the league to fine a team if a player protests during the anthem and left it up to each team whether a player would be disciplined for a protest. Four members of the Jaguars remained in the stadium tunnel while the "Star Spangled Banner" played.

Over the past year, he has tweeted about the NFL or the importance of standing during the national anthem a total of 38 times.