Yep, Some NFL Players Knelt Last Night...and Yep, Trump Responded

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Stills and Wilson knelt on the sideline at Hard Rock Stadium before Miami's 26-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while defensive end Robert Quinn raised a fist in the air.

The NFL and NFLPA still have not settled on a resolution for the national anthem policy, and Thursday night when the preseason began for most NFL teams, two players dropped to a knee during the anthem prior to their games.

President Trump blasted NFL players who took a knee in protest during preseason games, saying that players who fail to stand during the national anthem should be "suspended without pay".

Trump, who repeatedly has bashed National Football League players for what he sees as a show of disrespect to the military and the country, suggested "most" of the players don't have a grasp of what they're protesting, claiming they are "unable to define" what is causing their "outrage". 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.

"You know, as we understand it, everybody's kind of waiting to see what the league is going to do". Defensive back De'Vante Bausby also raised a fist.

And in Seattle, three Seahawks players - Branden Jackson, Quinton Jefferson and Duane Brown - ran into the dressing room ahead of the anthem being played and returned for the start of the match.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Tim Williams did not stand with his team, choosing to stand alone in front of the bench with his back toward the field.

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"A good first step as a league would be acknowledging what they're doing to Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid", Stills said, via USAToday.com's Lindsay Jones.

Before we enjoy this game lets take some time to ponder that more than 60% of the prison population are people of color.

Kenny Stills and two-time Super Bowl victor Malcolm Jenkins were among the NFL players who protested during the national anthem on Thursday, as Colin Kaepernick tweeted his support. "Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!"

Jenkins said he did not commit to demonstrating until right before Thursday's game, and acknowledged the decision whether to protest is one "I wrestle with all the time".

According to a 2016 report from the Associated Press, "NFL players are guaranteed 47 percent of defined revenue". Others raised their fists during the song or remained in the locker room. It's clear the league didn't love seeing players kneel on Thursday.

"It's gotten worse among African-Americans".

NFL owners pushed through a new policy this offseason which would have punished teams with fines if players demonstrated during the national anthem.

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