‘Stay strong brothers’: Kaepernick hails players as NFL preseason starts with protests

  • Players across the league raise awareness of social injustice
  • NFL has attempted to introduce policy to stamp out anthem protests

Player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games on Thursday night.

In Philadelphia, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback De’Vante Bausby raised their fists during the anthem, and defensive end Chris Long placed his arm around Jenkins’ shoulder. Jenkins had stopped his demonstration last December. Defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel during the anthem and walked toward the bench while it played. It appeared all the Steelers stood.

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