While some owners might have been disappointed in last weekend’s flag protests, they’re going to continue with at least one team.
Via the Miami Herald, Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills said in a written statement Tuesday he will continue to kneel during the national anthem with his hand over his heart to “continue drawing attention to the important issues we face as a society.”
He said it was “in no way” intended to be a sign of disrespect, but to bring “awareness to social injustice.”
“I love my country,” Stills said. “And I have the utmost respect for the servicemen and women who have — for hundreds of years — sacrificed on our behalf. It is because if them that we have the freedom to help give a voice to the voiceless.”
His primary message was that we “have to treat each other with more love and respect,” while the “overwhelming number of innocent people being killed right in front of our eyes is wholly unacceptable.”
“As we travel this path together,” he wrote. “I’ll pay special attention to become a part of the solution in improving the relationship between law-enforcement officers and the communities they serve.”
The statement came out the day Stills was part of a group of Dolphins players distributing school supplies to needy students.