NFL players continued to protest during the national anthem on Thursday night as the league began the first full week of its 2018 preseason.
Kenny Stills and two-time Super Bowl winner Malcolm Jenkins were among the NFL players who protested during the national anthem on Thursday, as Colin Kaepernick tweeted his support.Jenkins, playing for the first time since his Eagles won the Super Bowl, raised his fist — an act that 49ers wideout Marquise Goodwin also made before his team’s game — while Dolphins receivers Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during the anthem.
Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, who plays safety, and De’Vante Bausby, a cornerback, also raised their fists prior to a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Kaepernick, who was involved when the protests first emerged two years ago and has been out of the league since the 2016 season, praised Stills and Wilson in a tweet that read: “My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee. Albert Wilson @iThinkIsee12 joined him in protest. Stay strong brothers!”
My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee. Albert Wilson @iThinkIsee12 joined him in protest. Stay strong brothers!✊????
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— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 10, 2018
Defensive end Michael Bennett walked out of the tunnel as the national anthem played and “spent the anthem walking toward the bench,” and teammate Chris Long “placed his arm around Jenkins’ shoulder” during the national anthem.
The funny thing is, during the off season, we never saw a player taking up “social justice” and protesting, we never saw the NFL or any of their players speaking out against Chicago shootings or police officers being ambushed. So do not fall for their propaganda and lies, this is not acceptable and they are destroying the NFL and it is time for America to walk away and leave the NFL behind.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.