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Three NFL players kneel for U.S. national anthem, stand for British anthem during Saints-Dolphins London game

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October 2, 2017

Sunday’s first NFL game was marked by a mix of protests amid the ongoing debate over how NFL players should exercise their voice during the national anthem. 

The New Orleans Saints took a page from the Cowboys as the game against the Miami Dolphins began in London, kneeling together as a team initially, but then standing and locking arms as the U.S. national anthem was sung by Darius Rucker.

Meanwhile, at least three members of the Dolphins — Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Julius Thomas — were seen kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” All three then stood for the British anthem, “God Save the Queen,” which was sung because the game was being played in England.

The anthem protests sprang into the spotlight last week when President Donald Trump took aim at the participating players during a speech in Alabama ahead of the NFL’s week three Sunday games.

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This article was posted: Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:36 am

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