NFL players defy orders over national anthem protest

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National Football League players on Sunday knelt down, while some were sitting during the national anthem as they continued their protest to register grievances against the perceived white supremacy in the U.S.

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.

Coach Adam Gase had established 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.

Reports say Gase told them he preferred they stand during the anthem but respected their right to express themselves and relaxed the team rule.

For the Dolphins, the game was the first since owner Stephen Ross joined with his players to create a fund for social justice programs.

San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid, linebacker Eli Harold and receiver Marquise Goodwin knelt during the anthem before their game with the Arizona Cardinals.

It appeared that six active players and at least one inactive player for Seattle sat for the anthem prior to a game with the Washington Redskins.

The majority of the Seahawks defensive line has been sitting during the anthem for most of the season. Newly acquired left tackle Duane Brown knelt.

Only five players were spotted protesting the anthem in some form before the early games.