Receiver Albert Wilson and defensive end Robert Quinn joined Stills in protesting before Dolphins games during the exhibition season, and are expected to continue their protests at the team's season opener Sunday against Tennessee.
Not only did the NFL fail in the offseason to resolve a festering 2-year-old problem with pregame protests, but the league has now reportedly given up entirely on requiring players to stand for the national anthem this year. He noted Stills and Wilson "have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated". "Their courage will move the world forward!" he tweeted. "'Love is at the root of our resistance!'" Los Angeles Chargers' Russell Okung and 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin also held up their right fist, and other players such as Denver's Demaryius Thomas and Brandon Marshall, and Seattle's Duane Brown and Quinton Jefferson stayed in the tunnel during the anthem.
National Football League officials said they would put the policy on hold to discuss a solution with the union. Those discussions remain ongoing.
On Sunday, President Donald Trump, who has criticized the players' demonstration in the past, again took to social media to voice his displeasure. The protest soon spread around the league with critics - including the U.S. president - saying it disrespected the flag and the military.
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a revision of its Game Operations Manual on May 23 to include fines for teams whose "personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem".
Before Thursday's game, Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins, who has emerged as a leader of the players' protest movement, did not demonstrate. Of the 2,880 players who were on the sidelines for preseason games this year, only two players took a knee and one sat during the anthem.