The year-long political protests plaguing the NFL continued during the league’s disastrous second week, with multiple players from at least three teams making overt demonstrations during the performance of the US national anthem.
Two players from the Miami Dolphins kneeled during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ during their face-off against the New York Jets, while two Denver Broncos athletes stayed in the locker room and one Oakland Raiders player simply sat during the anthem.
Dolphins players continued their protests during the national anthem before their game with #Jets, as two players kneeled and one raised a fist | @meanbarb https://t.co/curmFfitn0 pic.twitter.com/lQFz8c7XsH
— Newsday Sports (@NewsdaySports) September 16, 2018
Marshawn Lynch sat on the sidelines during the playing of the national anthem for a second straight week pic.twitter.com/CYtCPfhchS
— Post Sports (@PostSports) September 16, 2018
— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) September 16, 2018
The NFL continues to struggle with sagging ratings and furious fans as professional athletes take their protests into their third straight season.