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Arian Foster and three of his Miami Dolphins teammates became joined the growing list of NFL players to kneel during the national anthem.
Foster was joined by wide receiver Kenny Stills, linebacker Jelani Jenkins, and safety Michael Thomas.
Sunday’s slate of NFL games saw a fewer than a dozen players kneel during the anthem, a move started by Colin Kaepernick as a way to protest the oppression of black people and people of color in the United States.
At one point, Foster (No. 29) appeared to bow his head in prayer.
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The Dolphins released a statement shortly after the anthem (via the Miami Sun-Sentinel):
“We encourage all members of our organization to stand at attention during the national anthem out of respect and appreciation for the freedoms we are afforded as Americans,” the statement said.
“We also recognize that it’s an individual’s right to reflect during the anthem in different ways. We respect these liberties and appreciate the sacrifices that everyone has made for our country, especially on this day of remembrance. We hope today’s events will continue a respectful and thoughtful dialogue in our community on unity, inclusiveness and togetherness.”
While most players have opted to kneel during the anthem as opposed to sitting – kneeling is meant to show respect for the military while still taking a stand during the anthem – Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters did something different, holding up his right hand in a clenched fist, while standing.
The move by Peters was a move reminiscent of the protest during the 1968 Olympics by Americans Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who raised their fists while wearing black gloves during the US national anthem.