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NFL protests continue, though more muted

NFL protests continue, though more muted

10/02/2017

By Andrew Beaton

Fewer players kneel during national anthem

A number of players and teams around the National Football League protested in some fashion before games on Sunday, though the demonstrations were fewer and more muted than last weekend.

During Sunday's game in London, at least three Miami Dolphins took a knee during the national anthem. There were other instances throughout the day of players kneeling through the anthem, but those were much smaller in numbers than the broad response from players and teams across the NFL last Sunday.

Many teams knelt before the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," then rose as a group for its playing. That script, one previously executed by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, was followed by teams including the New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens. Some teams locked arms while standing or placed hands on each other's shoulders in gestures of unity.

The acts came at the end of a week in which President Donald Trump repeatedly blasted the league for allowing players to kneel in protest as the national anthem was played before games. The president urged fans to boycott games over the issue.

(https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/914255264282480640)

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com (https://www.wsj.com/articles/nfl-protests-are-more-muted-1506886379?mod=mktw).

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