Dolphins, Eagles players protest during national anthem

Saturday, 11 Aug, 2018

Those who violate the policy could be fined by the league.

Trump has slammed the National Football League players since the protests began, suggesting the players be kicked out of the country and praising sports he says are more patriotic.

The Dolphins said they did not create a team policy regarding anthem protests heading into Thursday night's game, and coach Adam Gase had said he wouldn't address anthem protests with the team.

"Everybody is waiting for what the league is going to do", Jenkins said, according to AP.

Trump, as he has in the past, took notice.

President Donald Trump, who has been vocal about protests in the past, took to Twitter to denounce the protests once again.

He claimed Friday that the players were outraged against "something that majority are unable to define", however players have repeatedly said they are protesting disenfranchismenet of black people in the United States. Over and over again, players have stated clearly why they're kneeling and why they're doing it during the national anthem.

"He continued, ".Be happy, be cool!

"The NFL has 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", the statement read.

Following clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said in an interview with NFL.com that he wanted "to use [his] platform to be able to continually speak on injustice".

Before the Miami Dolphins played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night, the Dolphins' Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson knelt during the anthem while Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist. Most of that money goes to the players anyway.

Here's what Trump had to say Friday morning. "They are eloquent and articulate, and they've explicitly said why they are protesting".

"I think it was just kind of a culmination of how the offseason went and where we are now", he said.

Worth remembering: Studies show that people who get mad at kneeling players also tend to be racists in general!

The union filed a grievance over the May policy and contemplated possible legal action. The players joined the rest of their teammates several moments later.

In September 2017, Trump, agitated by the kneeling players, or perhaps seeing an opportunity to win on a divisive issue with his base, condemned the National Football League protests in harsh terms in a speech to supporters in Alabama.

Under the terms of the NFL's current CBA, which runs through the 2020 season, players are entitled to no more than 48.5% of the NFL's revenue, including income from media rights deals, corporate partnerships and other sources.

On Thursday, players on several teams protested during "The Star Spangled-Banner".