Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Seahawks remain in tunnel during national anthem

Seahawks remain in tunnel during national anthem

Defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the anthem and walked toward the bench while it played.

Further protests took place in Jacksonville, where four players for the Jaguars also stayed in the dressing room.

Cornerback De'Vante Bausby joined Jenkins Thursday evening, and defensive end Chris Long placed his arm around Jenkins' shoulder, as Long did last season.

The Miami Herald reported that Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, along with wide receiver Albert Wilson, knelt during the anthem before a home game against Tampa Bay.

Stills has routinely knelt for the anthem during his time with the team. The players included Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith, Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon.

After a quiet Hall of Fame game last week in which there were no protests, there were several demonstrations in the first full week of preseason games on Thursday, including kneel-downs and fists in the air.

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The Dolphins players weren't the only ones to renew their protests as the preseason began Thursday night.

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, a leader of the movement, tweeted support for Stills and Wilson.

The league noted that while players won't be disciplined, it expects all players on the field to stand during the presentation of the flag and the anthem.

Players who refused to stand during the Star-Spangled Banner said the protests were against police brutality of African Americans and the demonstrations led to criticism from President Donald Trump.

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.

Jenkins had stopped that practice during last season, after the National Football League owners made a financial commitment to the Players Coalition, a charity endeavor he co-founded to help end social injustice in this country. "In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA's grievance and on the NFL's anthem policy".

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