National anthem protests returned to the NFL Thursday, as two Miami Dolphins players took a knee and one of their teammates raised a fist during "The Star Spangled Banner" ahead of the team's preseason opener.
The Dolphins players weren't the only ones to renew their protests as the preseason began Thursday night.
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After a quiet Hall of Fame game last week in which there were no protests, there were several demonstrations in the first full week of preseason games on Thursday, including kneel-downs and fists in the air.
Some players held their fists in the air, while others made a decision to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action.
The protests about racial injustice and social inequality led players to kneel during the anthem and it was a big issue at National Football League games last season.
Michael Bennett of the Eagles did not participate in the anthem and instead walked out of the tunnel and toward the bench while the anthem was sung, Bowen reported. The three players - Quinton Jefferson, Branden Jackson and Duane Brown - quickly ran out to join the team after the anthem was complete.
"What NFL owners did today was thwart the players' constitutional rights to express themselves and use our platform to draw attention to social injustices like racial inequality in our country", Jenkins said in a statement in May.