PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins raised a fist during the national anthem before Thursday night’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.
While Jenkins held his arm up, Eagles defensive end Chris Long and defensive back Rodney McLeod each put a hand on one of Jenkins’ shoulders.
Earlier in the preseason, Jenkins explained his actions in a statement.
“Last season, I raised my fist as a sign of solidarity to support people, especially people of color, who were and are still unjustly losing their lives at the hands of officers with little to no consequence,” Jenkins said. “After spending time with police officers on ride-alongs, meeting with politicians on the state and federal level and grass roots organizations fighting for human rights, it’s clear that our criminal justice system is still crippling communities of color through mass incarceration.”
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Eagles defensive back Ron Brooks also kneeled during the anthem.
Earlier this week, Brooks told PennLive he kneeled last week in protest of white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, and a violent arrest in the Cleveland area involving a police officer.
“I’m not one and done with this,” Brooks told PennLive. “It might be the kneel or it might be the first in the air. Either way, though, I’m going to show more support for justice. I’m going to continue to speak up about it and make sure my voice is heard.”
There were no Miami Dolphins spotted kneeling or sitting.
Dolphins defensive back Michael Thomas and wide receiver Kenny Stills have indicated they do not have immediate plans to kneel during the anthem, as they did last season.
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