As the NFL’s 2016 season got underway on the weekend, Miami Dolphins players, from left, Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills, knelt during the singing of the national anthem before their game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Seattle.
“I chose to get involved to see if I could create change, raise awareness. And I want to make it clear that there is no disrespect to the military or to police officers -- I’m not about that. I love everyone,” said Miami’s Jelani Jenkins.
“I don’t think it was any lack of respect,” Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said. “I think everybody here, our team and our whole organization, respects the flag and what it stands for, the soldiers and everything. These guys are really making a conversation of something that’s a very important topic in this country and I’m 100 percent supportive of them.”