Several NFL Players Take A Knee

Several NFL players on Thursday took a knee, raised a fist or did not take to the field while the National Anthem was played before a dozen games, as the league’s first full week of preseason contests kicked off.

The NFL said it won’t punish the players who took part in Thursday’s protests, noting it had shelved what was supposed to be a new policy on anthem conduct until it reaches an agreement with the NFL Players Association.

The protests — meant to draw attention to racial injustice — have happened with varying participation since 2016, pulling the league into a public debate that has seen President Donald Trump call on team owners to stem them.

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