In a league where more than 200 players once took some sort of action to protest police brutality and social injustice in America during the anthem, The Associated Press counted fewer than 10 across the league who did so on the NFL's opening Sunday.
For Stills, the protests enters its third year with the Dolphins. While Stills and Wilson knelt, a third player, Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn, raised a fist.
"No one wants this added stress or added negativity or hatred coming toward them", he told the Times.
The drop-off could also be a reaction to the cautionary tale of Eric Reid, the free-agent safety who has yet to be signed after his kneeling and vocal support in 2017 for Kaepernick, who has not played since the 2016 regular season. "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there, maybe you shouldn't be in the country", Trump said during an interview with Fox News after the new policy was introduced in May.
On Sunday, Kaepernick's message got through to his friends in Miami.
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Murphy and others argued the op-ed signals an important shift in Trump's presidency, even if it did not come as a surprise. The author wrote that there was a resistance working within the administration to thwart the president's worst impulses.
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Before a campaign rally Thursday night, Trump said the New York Times' decision to publish the op-ed could be called "treason". Citing company policy, Ha refused to comment on whether the Times received any substantial threats to its office or employees.
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They seized the territories, with the backing of the US-led coalition, after driving out ISIS militants. The Damascus regime has vowed to reintegrate the Kurdish-held areas, by force if necessary.
ESPN reported Sunday, citing unnamed sources, that there would be no new policy regarding anthem protests this season. They have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated.
Kaepernick was last week announced as the face of Nike's powerful "Believe in something".
President Donald Trump has been perhaps the loudest critic of Kaepernick and the protests he inspired. However, that proposed national anthem policy was put on hold to let the league and the NFL Players Association continue to discuss what to do.
TMZ reported how US President, Donald Trump, took a shot at the NFL and player protests before Sunday's games, saying, "Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad previous year comparison".