NFL players kneel during National Anthem at start of pre-season

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MIAMI, FL – AUGUST 09: Albert Wilson #15 of the Miami Dolphins makes a catch in the first quarter during a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Hard Rock Stadium on August 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

(WTNH) – Pre-Season football is back and so is the controversy over the national anthem.

This was the first big night of NFL pre-season action, and the anthem controversy started up right where we left off, with a few new twists.

Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson were among the handful of players around the league taking a knee as the anthem played. After all that controversy last season, the NFL issued new rules that players had to either stand or stay in the locker room during the anthem. They chose to do neither, making them the first of the season to protest that way. 

The Dolphins have a policy that anyone doing that could be fined or suspended, but the NFL has put any new rules like that on hold, pending discussions with the players’ association. 

Now some players did stay in the locker room, others chose to raise a fist in air, like Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the ’68 Olympics. That’s the approach Philadelphia Eagles Safety Malcom Jenkins took.

“Everybody’s kind of waiting to see what the league is going to do, but that doesn’t mean that we stop what we’ve been standing up for, so that’s just my personal opinion to make sure that we keep these things at the forefront,” said Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles Safety.

These things, of course, being unfair treatment of minorities by police. This preseason starts amid controversy in Nashville, where a police officer shot a black man in the back, killing him as he was running away from police. 

Around the league, 4 Jacksonville Jaguars and 3 Seattle Seahawks stayed in the locker room for the anthem.

It’s a new season, well, technically pre-season, but this issue from the last 2 season is back despite the league’s efforts.

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