With the preseason of football having officially started Thursday, so have the national anthem protests from players.
The National Football League voted on a new rule to have players either stand for the anthem or stay in the locker room. If they still protested, the player and the team would face fines. The rule, however, was put on hold shortly after its inception.
As a result, several players on different teams protested the national anthem Thursday, from taking a knee to raising their fists:
Miami Dolphins Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee tonight during the national anthem to protest social injustices and racial inequality. Gotta admire the guts it took with Trump attacking this form of patriotic dissent and the NFL/most owners not supporting players. pic.twitter.com/lR2XblwKYC
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 10, 2018
Philadelphia Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins raised his fist during the national anthem. He was one of several NFL players across the country to protest at last night’s first pre-season games ✊? pic.twitter.com/jEHKy3N2VE
— AJ+ (@ajplus) August 10, 2018
— 10TV.com (@10TV) August 10, 2018
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 10, 2018
In a statement, the NFL confirmed the consequences for breaking the rule are still on hold:
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 players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem.
Meanwhile, there has been no change in the NFL’s policy regarding the national anthem. The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem. Personnel who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room.
“We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issues affecting our communities,” the NFL added.