NFL national anthem protest: Dolphins continue kneeling at Carolina

Miami Dolphins players kneel during the national anthem before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 13, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Three Miami Dolphins players continued their protest for racial equality by kneeling during the national anthem before tonight’s game at Carolina.

Wide receiver Kenny Stills, tight end Julius Thomas and safety Michael Thomas took a knee on the sideline as servicemen held a field-sized American flag a few feet in front of them. The NFL is honoring military members throughout the month as part of its salute to Service campaign, and the Panthers had servicemen lining their entrance for player introductions today.

This is the second straight week the three players have kneeled now that coach Adam Gase has rescinded his policy that they must stay off the field if they’re not going to stand.

The trio kneeled among several standing teammates. Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips was to Stills’ left and put his arm around him during the anthem.

Stills and Michael Thomas have been kneeling since the beginning of last season. Julius Thomas began doing it in September in response to Donald Trump’s inflammatory remarks about protesting players.

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