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Dolphins wideout Kenny Stills says his anthem protest isn’t over

From left, Miami Dolphins' Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills, kneel during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear) AP

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.”

Stills was joined by teammates Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins and Michael Thomas in the quiet sideline protest. And after letting Foster do most of the talking previously, sent out his own thoughts.

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.

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50 Responses to “Dolphins wideout Kenny Stills says his anthem protest isn’t over”
  1. haydenpryor says: Sep 14, 2016 6:36 AM

    Number one on his list of priorities should be catching wide open passes !!!

  2. jchipwood says: Sep 14, 2016 6:47 AM

    Foster and Jenkins are injury proned and will be finished by week 4. Thomas and Stills the phins could cut and no one would be able to notice. Too bad they can’t cut the owner.

  3. sewalters79 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:02 AM

    Another obviously uneducated idiot that has no idea what’s he’s protesting…The NFL is in big trouble and will continue to lose fans over these stunts

  4. lifeistoughtrustmeimadolphinsfan says: Sep 14, 2016 7:04 AM

    Shut your mouth and catch the three passes you dropped instead. Embarrassing.

  5. nords14 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:18 AM

    Just want to know when he stops protesting catching wide open TD passes?

  6. billsfan says: Sep 14, 2016 7:30 AM

    He should drop his protest….he’s good at dropping things!

  7. whatjusthapped says: Sep 14, 2016 7:32 AM

    Try winning a game if you want to bring attention to your cause. Right now, you (like Kap) appear to be just another loser trying to deflect attention away from the fact that you aren’t playing well.

  8. edon8334 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:32 AM

    try to catch the ball next time ..good thing I had you on the bench in my fantasy lineup

  9. icebergsimpson says: Sep 14, 2016 7:34 AM

    “Dolphins wideout Kenny Still says his dropping problem isn’t over”

  10. traptses says: Sep 14, 2016 7:37 AM

    As long as he stops dropping wide open TD passes, I don’t care if he does the cha cha during the anthem. I couldn’t care less about players political beliefs, but can you help the team win games?

  11. cardsfann1 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:42 AM

    Just shut up clown…

  12. ravensmurdermurdermurder says: Sep 14, 2016 7:45 AM

    Dude shld focus more on catching the football….

  13. rutchaser says: Sep 14, 2016 7:49 AM

    Innocent people being killed? Do you know the definition of innocent Kenny?

  14. Fred says: Sep 14, 2016 7:51 AM

    He should be more concerned about catching the ball.

  15. Fishing Herald says: Sep 14, 2016 7:54 AM

    Worry about getting better at what you get paid to do…Catch wide open touchdown passes.

  16. eduardoandradeiturribarria says: Sep 14, 2016 7:54 AM

    Ok. Maybe he should become a full time activist and allow his team to have someone that focuses on catching the ball.

  17. c1ce091b says: Sep 14, 2016 7:57 AM

    I think he needs to take care of business on the job and any other interests needs to be done on his own time.

  18. sbmcintosh36 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:58 AM

    Good idea Kenny it will give you a little more time to figure out how to catch a ball.

  19. footballfan72 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:58 AM

    I respect and agree with his choice/right to voice and express his beliefs. But these “innocent” people he speaks of wouldn’t be in the spotlight 90% of the time if they were truly innocent. I didn’t get pulled over and killed by a rogue cop yesterday but then I also didn’t knock off a store or fight or resist arrest for said crime…..

  20. bamabrad1970 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:59 AM

    can we not get more specific in what we are protesting? whatever it is? what good does it do protesting “issues dacing society”?

  21. cdace13 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:02 AM

    You’ve drawn attention dope. Now, how are you going to ACTUALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?? You going to go talk to school kids? Visit communities? What’s your plan?

  22. jo6pack says: Sep 14, 2016 8:05 AM

    So… what’s the end point of this? I can’t wait until we all just go back to bitching about Cam dancing and stop mixing politics with sports.

  23. dickshotdogs says: Sep 14, 2016 8:06 AM

    You mean the “innocent” police officers, right Kenny? Now, go drop another pass.

  24. terripet says: Sep 14, 2016 8:06 AM

    Notice all the guys doing this are backups looking for attention the owners should cut the players

  25. deenchaz says: Sep 14, 2016 8:07 AM

    I don’t know if it’s karma,but it seems like the players that didn’t respect the flag had rough moments during their games.especially Stills and Brandon Marshall (Denver)

  26. mclennon99 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:11 AM

    He should spend his time practicing how to catch perfectly thrown, wide open, game winning TD passes instead.

  27. mysterytonite says: Sep 14, 2016 8:11 AM

    After the Dolphins cut you you will have nothing but time on your hands. Now that will be pretty hard to drop butterfingers.

  28. chadsmith013 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:11 AM

    as a white man in this country, I agree…we have way too much hate going on…something needs to be done and if this is how its done..so be it..

    ive read some of these guys twitter feeds and some of the stuff that has been said to them is down right despicable.

    and to all the people who got their lil feelings hurt because some grown man that you have nothing to do with didnt stand for a song..

    Suck it up!!!!

  29. bringin1234 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:20 AM

    on 9-11 none the less. I can honestly say I hope theyre all out of the league in a year. Any other day, its your right but on that day you stand and remember the thousands that died and the thousands that gave their lives in the war after.

  30. oldandgrumpy72 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:36 AM

    Do all these social injustices you are protesting include the hundreds and hundreds of race on race crime and murders that happen throughout the country or just the isolated ones involving law enforcement?

  31. dolfan131981 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:37 AM

    Kenny who? oh…Kenny “Still”s can’t catch a pass…that guy…who cares what he does. Im going to protest him getting any touches during games if he keeps dropping balls…and honestly…I’m fine with the protest…I’m really just sick of the coverage…the media outlets are beating it to death and its over done now…please media, stop covering this because it’s just not a big deal.

  32. tv426 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:43 AM

    Tools will be tools!

  33. clipper522 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:49 AM

    Let this “voice for the voiceless” also be an example to the community. How about setting an example that the culture often associated with the “voiceless” community associated with some of these athletes is unacceptable. Objectifying women, glorifying violence, disrespecting others…all of this is in the mainstream telling youth that this is what it means to have power, success, etc. Gangs, certain music scenes, etc. do not send messages of unity, but rather division.

    Actions speak louder than words and gestures.

  34. abninf says: Sep 14, 2016 9:22 AM

    The ‘ol “bring awareness” line. We’re all aware already, bud. You’re just a follower.

  35. jag1959 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:35 AM

    As a vet and an informed citizen I have to recognize that part of honoring what this country stands for is recognizing that someone has the right to disrespect or even burn it’s symbol. Non violent protest is their right. I do not have to like their method but I would be a hypocrite to say they are not entitled to it.

  36. igotgamenj says: Sep 14, 2016 9:36 AM

    If you love your country then you stand on the 15 year anniversary of 9-11 for the National Anthem in respect for the 4000 AMERICANS that lost their lives on that day. Not one other team took a knee except Kaepernick and none of the elite players in the NFL are doing this.

  37. kmartin173 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:57 AM

    It would really take something to turn me against the NFL, but the moment my team starts this crap I’ll turn it off and go outside.

  38. laxcoach37 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:33 AM

    This is a genuine invitation for Troll comments. Seriously, even us Dolphins Fans are disgusted. We welcome your negative and clever words on this topic. Honestly, I would feel the same way if he was Randy Moss, but instead he is a misguided fool who literally can’t catch a football. Fire away!

  39. finfanluke says: Sep 14, 2016 11:11 AM

    Catch the DAMN ball Kenny!!!! Stop thinking past your face and Do Your damn Job!! Protest somewhere else… The football field is sacred ground.. Don’t desecrate it with your stupid protest that could have been done in a different manner. Instead you idiots protest by disrespecting our national anthem with your inconsistent look at me crap! Actions reflect leadership.. And our country’s leadership has been terrible for many years.. Do something positive to effect the outcome like your civic duty.. Vote. There is injustice all over the world.. Fighting ignorance with more ignorance is assenine. We can change the little things in this world and each day try to create a positive outcome by our actions. In the mean time Kenny.. Catch the ball first.. Or just give your overblown salary to charity. I could drop balls for millions.. Any day of the week. I am a life long Dolphin can and instead of talking about my team winning games.. This is what I have to talk About?? Real talk: If I don’t do my job… I lose it.

  40. whenwilliteverend says: Sep 14, 2016 11:13 AM

    So he doesn’t mean to be disrespectful but doing so is disappointing to those who have served in the military in the past and present. He knows that and doesn’t care. That’s all you need to know about this guy.

  41. noahk says: Sep 14, 2016 11:22 AM

    Was the flag and the anthem racist when it flew over the Union troops as they fought and died to abolish slavery? Was the flag racist when it flew over the National Guard as it desegregated southern schools?

    This is the same flag of the country that has lifted over half the world out of abject poverty. The same flag that flew over the tanks as they liberated Auschwitz. The same flag that guarantees it’s citizens the right to not stand at attention during the national anthem.

    The idea behind this movement drives me nuts!!!!!

  42. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoNewEngland says: Sep 14, 2016 11:30 AM

    His protest may not be over but his NFL career just about is, who wants a WR you can’t count on?

  43. bkostela says: Sep 14, 2016 1:20 PM

    noahk says:
    Sep 14, 2016 11:22 AM
    Was the flag and the anthem racist when it flew over the Union troops as they fought and died to abolish slavery? Was the flag racist when it flew over the National Guard as it desegregated southern schools?
    _________________

    Who exactly did the troops against? Half of our country. Did that half of the country just pick up and move to a different country when they were defeated? No. They are still here, and (sadly) still more welcome here than all other races.

  44. bkostela says: Sep 14, 2016 1:21 PM

    igotgamenj says:
    Sep 14, 2016 9:36 AM
    If you love your country then you stand on the 15 year anniversary of 9-11 for the National Anthem in respect for the 4000 AMERICANS that lost their lives on that day. Not one other team took a knee except Kaepernick and none of the elite players in the NFL are doing this.
    ______________

    Because they will lose endorsements if they do. Business decision. Cowards.

  45. bkostela says: Sep 14, 2016 1:23 PM

    bringin1234 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 8:20 AM
    on 9-11 none the less. I can honestly say I hope theyre all out of the league in a year. Any other day, its your right but on that day you stand and remember the thousands that died and the thousands that gave their lives in the war after.
    _______________________

    You were blasting them on 9/9 and 9/10 as well. Move along with that “any other day” nonsense. You don’t like what they’re protesting because it makes you feel guilty about your white privilege.

    I’m white BTW

  46. careyb44 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:40 PM

    I believe his ‘innocent people’ reference was aimed at all
    the gang-related inter-city violence and not just police
    shootings. If so, I commend him as it is long overdue that
    we focus on that. In the grand scheme of it, there are thousands more lives lost in black-on-black gang shootings
    than those killed by the police.

  47. jcampol says: Sep 14, 2016 1:43 PM

    Why aren’t we equally upset that some dude is kneeling down taking pictures of them kneeling down during the same anthem? Shouldn’t we all be upset with ESPN and CBS for allowing their cameramen to be filming during the anthem? I mean we are all such patriotic people we couldn’t as a country allow for this to go on right? They’ve been doing this for years!!! Let’s get them with our pitchforks!!!

  48. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 14, 2016 3:35 PM

    Anyone who thinks there aren’t serious problems in this country is a fool.

    This is not necessarily the best way for him to address them, but there have been too many unarmed people, both white and black, that have been executed by the police the last few years.

    And as more and more of these unjustified shootings get caught on video as a society we’ll be forced to deal with it. Look at the awful, corrupt mess of the Chicago police and tell me the cops there haven’t committed crime after crime.

    And that just makes it worse for all the good cops who truly do with to protect and serve.

    America was founded on protest. Its his right. Instead of criticizing him we need to address the root problems of inequality. If the US is really the greatest country in the world we should be able to do that.

  49. rcali says: Sep 14, 2016 3:48 PM

    How may passes did he drop during this meeting?

  50. mark0226 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:33 PM

    Simple solution. Stop giving them attention. I was disgusted at the opening of the SF game, when all of the attention was on two guys kneeling instead of the girl singing the Anthem. Come-on-man.

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