Pair of Dolphins only National Football League players seen kneeling at early games

Virginia Santiago
September 11, 2018

Hours before Kaepernicks tweet, President Donald Trump took to twitter to dig at the National Football League, linking low ratings for Thursday nights opener between Atlanta and Philadelphia (lowest for an opener since 2008) to players who refuse to stand for the anthem.

"Viewership declined 13 per cent, the lowest in over a decade".

My Brothers @kstills and @ithinkisee12 continue to show their unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed!

No players protested during the national anthem before the Patriots faced the Houston Texans. They have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated.

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The Dolphins pair were the only NFL players during Sunday's early games seen kneeling during the national anthem in protest against police brutality and perceived social and racial injustice. "Love is at the root of our resistance".

The NFL had passed a new anthem policy in May, but those rules were put on hold.

Nike's endorsement of Kaepernick and his message led to a 31 percent sales increase for the apparel company, but also led to a "Just Burn It" boycott from others offended by the move.

Before Thursday's game, Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins, who has emerged as a leader of the players' protest movement, did not demonstrate.

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CBS and Fox, which carried Sunday afternoon's games, have said they did not plan on televising the anthem.

The NFL remains without a decision or an official stand or policy regarding taking a knee during the anthem - and that is how it will stay, according to Newsweek, citing an ESPN report.

Kaepernick received both praise and criticism when he began sitting, and later kneeling, during the national anthem in 2016. However, online sales of Nike apparel and shoes surged in the four days after Kaepernick became the face of a new advertising campaign.

Kaepernick and Reid have filed grievances against the NFL. Advertising research firm Edison Trends said the sportswear giant's online sales grew 31 percent over Labor Day weekend despite bashing on social media, including shots of customers destroying their Nike gear.

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