Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Donald Trump: NFL Players Still Kneeling for Reasons They Can’t Define

Donald Trump: NFL Players Still Kneeling for Reasons They Can’t Define

The Philadelphia Eagles veteran safety explained after his team's 31-14 loss to Pittsburgh in the preseason opener for both teams on Thursday night why he's back to raising his fist.

The president's first tweet said the players "are at it again".

The NFL's preseason kicked off last week with the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens playing in the annual Hall of Fame Game. Miami defensive end Robert Quinn raised a fist into the air. "Most of that money goes to the players anyway".

It is officially year three of the protests, which Colin Kaepernick started in the 2016 preseason as a means to bring attention to extrajudicial violence by police against black people.

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According to the new policy, players who do not participate in the anthem are allowed to remain in the locker room during the anthem.

Defensive end Michael Bennett, who kneeled during the anthem when he played in Seattle, walked out of the tunnel late, with security director Dom DiSandro, then spent the rest of the anthem trudging toward the bench. Brown said he didn't believe there had been much progress made from the demonstrations of last season.

Jenkins said they "won't let (the league) stop what we stand for", adding: "I think it's important to utilise the platform as we can because for whatever reason, we have framed this demonstration in a negative light".

The NFL said it won't be punishing the players who took part in the protests on Thursday.

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"When the time comes where I have to make a decision", Stills told the Palm Beach Post, "I'll make a decision".

Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett, a frequent protestor previous year when he played for the Seattle Seahawks, walked out of the tunnel as the anthem played.

The NFL policy says a club will be fined if team members on the field during the anthem do not stand, and that the commissioner "will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem". The league chose to put a temporary hold on the implementation of that policy while it works with the NFL Players Association toward a resolution.

Last month, the Dolphins reportedly were set to institute a policy under which players could be suspended up to four game for kneeling during the anthem, but that rule was set aside when the National Football League and NFLPA began talks about the issue. "I don't think it's a real issue".

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However, that policy, announced in May, was put on hold last month when the NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed to suspend enforcement of the new rules.

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