On Thursday night, the NFL preseason kicked off. Most teams were in action and while most of the attention was focused on the field, there was a significant storyline that developed before kickoff.
The Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers saw a protest during the national anthem take center stage. Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during the playing of the national anthem.
Their act caused a stir, and a statement from the NFL. In the statement, the NFL maintained players should stand for the anthem, but there is no punishment at this time.
Following the protests on the field, Colin Kaepernick weighed in. The man who started the protests as a way to bring attention to social issues, stands with what Stills and Wilson did on Thursday night.
Kaepernick has been vocal in the past of the systemic oppression facing African Americans in the United States. His protest, started two years ago, effectively ended his NFL career.
However, his fight continues, as does that of other NFL players that have joined in protesting during the national anthem.