Eighteen NFL players protest the anthem before Sunday football as the season enters its ninth week

Monday, November 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

During Week 9 of the season, 18 players were counted engaging in some form of protest during the singing of the national anthem before their games started
Players from the Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks were among those who protested
None of the members of the Houston Texans were seen to be protesting

6 November 2017

The NFL player protests continued into the ninth week of the football season, with 18 players protesting during the playing of the national anthem before last Sunday’s games.

Associated Press journalists counted the at least 18 NFL players across multiple teams in the league, engaged in some kind of protest, including taking a knee, sitting or raising a fist. This figure is down significantly from the previous week, during which about 70 players were seen protesting, including an estimated 40 members of the Houston Texans.

Miami Dolphins players Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas and Kenny Stills knelt during the anthem before Sunday night’s game against the Raiders.

Before recent games, the three players waited in the tunnel during the anthem, following coach Adam Gase’s establishment of a team rule requiring players either to stand for the anthem or stay in the tunnel.

But the players told Gase that waiting in the tunnel was interfering with their game preparation, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

The person said Gase told them he preferred they stand during the anthem but respected their right to express themselves and relaxed the team rule. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins didn’t comment on the latest protests.

For the Dolphins, Sunday’s game was the first since franchise owner Stephen Ross joined with his players to create a yearly fund to advocate for social justice programs. The fund was announced on Saturday and will include a scholarship, a leadership program and a partnership with the Police Athletic League of North Miami.

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