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Arian Foster, Multiple Miami Dolphins Teammates Took A Knee During National Anthem

Running back Arian Foster kneels, along with multiple Miami Dolphins teammates during the national anthem today.

Miami Dolphins running back Arian Foster, along with three teammates, took a knee for the national anthem before today's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Foster was joined by Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Jelani Jenkins.

According to Dolphins beat writer Joe Schad, Foster did stand during the playing of a remembrance video for the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

Foster and his teammates are the latest athletes to take a knee as a form of protest against racial inequality, the treatment of African-Americans by law enforcement and other issues in America. Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took a knee on Thursday night, and Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raised a fist a la Tommie Smith and John Carlos today.

On the other sideline, the Seattle Seahawks locked arms in unison during the anthem.

Interestingly, while Foster had backed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest of sitting while the anthem played, he originally told the Miami Herald he didn't think it was "a solution to anything."

“I don’t necessarily see that as a solution to anything,” Foster said. “This is me talking. This is Arian talking. If that’s what he felt, that’s his form of protest, I support his right to protest. Those are his thoughts, his opinions.”

Foster continued: “I understand 100 percent what he’s doing. He’s frustrated, just like me. He’s just like my brother. He’s just like my cousins out there. He’s frustrated. It’s hard seeing people get murdered and killed without repercussions.”

"Arian Foster kneels" will likely be a major headline today. Many will agree with what he did, while others will be angered by it. Whichever side you're on, this practice doesn't seem to be going away.