Defensive end Chris Long put his arm around Jenkins in a sign of support, as he did for much of last season. And in Seattle, Seahawks Branden Jackson, Quinton Jefferson and Duane Brown ran into the tunnel leading to the team's locker room before the playing of the anthem.
"All that's transpired over the [off] season has just changed the context of where we are right now", Jenkins said after the 31-14 loss.
Stills said after Thursday's protest, "If you continue to misinterpret what we're doing, reach out to me". And that obviously took a different turn. "I'm grateful that he sees what's happening and he wants to do something about it as well". Since former quarterback Colin Kaepernick first started the protest in 2016, he made it very clear that he was protesting against racial injustice, systematic inequality, police brutality and general racial oppression in the United States.
But the owners approved a new policy in May that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the anthem.
Jenkins shared a message about the shirts before the game on his Twitter. No player took a knee at that game. I can't answer if it's going to be every week. "But that doesn't mean we stop what we've been standing up for, so that's just my personal decision to make sure that we keep these things in the forefront".
In June, Trump downplayed the concerns of the players, saying this about their cause: "I don't know if it's a real issue".
Player demonstrations took place during the national anthem at several early NFL preseason games tonight. "So unless you have some other owners come out with some definitive statements and support, they're going to allow Jerry Jones to push the narrative of not only National Football League owners but the National Football League as a whole".
And he's a bit off when he says "most of that money goes to the players anyway": Under the league's collective bargaining agreement, the players' share of league revenue is capped at 48.5 percent this season. What you witness on the field does not represent the reality of everyday America.