On Thursday night, preseason action kicked off for many NFL teams. While most of the eyes were focused on the action on the field, there were a few players who stole the spotlight before kickoff.
During the playing of the national anthem, several players opted to continue protesting during the national anthem. Eagles star Malcolm Jenkins, several players from the Jacksonville Jaguars, and others used some form of protest.
The NFL made the anthem a point of interest during the offseason, but that hasn’t curbed any protests. At least not yet.
In response to the protests during tonight’s games, the NFL released a statement.
“The NFL has been 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. While those discussions continue, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in player being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem,” said the NFL in a statement.
The full statement can be seen below.
NFL statement on at least two players, #Dolphins WRs Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson, kneeling during the national anthem tonight. No clubs can implement discipline while talks with union continue. pic.twitter.com/dx22XiNYhN
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 10, 2018
The NFL could find itself in a hotly contested debate around the anthem once again.