Kenny Stills says his activism through protests “is something I’m committed to forever”

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While there are still a number of protests being staged during the national anthem attempting to bring awareness to matters of social injustice and police brutality, the numbers of players electing to kneel during the anthem has somewhat diminished this season.

Some players raise a fist, others have retreated to the locker room for the playing of the anthem, but just a few continue to kneel as their statement of protest.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills is one of those few and he doesn’t intend to stop anytime soon.

“We started the protest two years ago now — three years ago now — and we’re not going anywhere,” Stills said, via Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com. “It’s not going to change. Activism isn’t something you just kind of get involved in and then turn your back on it. Once your eyes are open to some of the things that are happening, you continue to work and try and grow and create change for the rest of your life, so this is something I’m committed to forever.

“It’s not about being the face or who gets the notoriety for it. It’s just what I care about outside of work and what I spend my time doing when I’m not here working for the Dolphins.”

Stills took up the protest started by Colin Kaepernick and has followed through with it ever since. While the numbers of players actively protesting during the anthem has lessened, the desires of the protest remain.

The NFL may have finally gotten a handle on the situation by no longer trying to get a handle on the situation. The issue has fallen into the background as the league and NFLPA have had discussions about finding an amenable solution to the protests. Meanwhile, Stills, teammate Albert Wilson and Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch remain the few who continue to sit or kneel during the anthem.

Per the report, Stills, Wilson and Dolphins cheerleaders went to the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center to spend time with sick South Florida veterans and honor those who fought for America on September 11.

“It is important to see and know that veterans understand what we’re doing and why we’re doing it,” Stills said. “And know that we’re not against them and it’s never been about them. I think that’s really important and it means a lot to us.”

So while the number of players protesting has dwindled, Stills will continue to stand up by continuing to kneel down.

35 responses to “Kenny Stills says his activism through protests “is something I’m committed to forever”

  1. And once again, I hear they are committed to protesting, but not talking about what they are protesting. Not talking about the change they want to see. Talking instead about how I am supposed to feel as a Veteran. Well, Kenny I am offended. Because Marshon Lynch sits, not kneels, and you just waisted this platform you had with an audience and didn’t raise awareness to anything. Not a word was spoken about what you are protesting or the change you want to see.

  2. So what is Stills doing for the cause besides kneeling? The president is backing a bill that will release 4000 federal prisoners, provide sentence reform, and work to reduce recidivism. Where does Kenny stand on this? Where do any of the NFL players stand on this? The president gave the NFL players a chance to work with him but they more or less spit in his face. The “children” will not sit down with the president or even go to the white house when invited.

  3. The message has been lost. It isn’t about what he was supposedly protesting because it morphed into disrespecting the flag (and those that support it) and now it is about “activism” in general. Don’t believe me? Read the article again and see if you can find ANY information at all on WHY/WHAT Stills is protesting. The closest thing is a vague reference in a tweet by Kaepernick praising Stills for continuing. Activism boiled down to its essence is about change. Stills is not changing anything by kneeling during the anthem. I am still waiting for a sports reporter with enough guts to ask these guys specifically why their protest MUST be during the 2 minutes during the week while the anthem is played and why it cannot be done during the other 10,078 minutes. They have chosen the ONLY 2 minutes where their message is guaranteed to be muffled because of the protest itself so saying they are fighting for something is completely bogus. They are about being seen “protesting” which is a shame in Stills case because he actually does something about it in the community. I have lost respect for Stills. He is either A) dumb as a brick or B) purposefully trying to anger some fans by disrespecting the anthem/flag/country. There is no option C at this point.

  4. Ha, this is priceless. According to Kenny Stills

    Activism=Kneeling+Paying a random visit to some veterans

    How about helping the poor communities Kenny? How about educating the poor communities Kenny? Seems to me that this “activism” is just an attempt to get notoriety in order to boost egos and bank accounts

  5. Your message is valid. The chosen way to present it, is not.

    Now you are only being stubborn and childish, to not find a different
    way to show your protest. Thereby, minimizing ANY potential good from
    your efforts.

  6. Marshawn sits, but isn’t protesting anything. He’s been sitting his entire career. Since back in Buffalo. It’s part of his routine. You might see him up every now and then but he’s usually sitting somewhere during the anthem.

  7. “What I care about outside of work” – Deal with it there then and don’t bring it into your workplace.

  8. What exactly R NFL protesters protesting about? I see it but still do not know what their protest is. Can they come out and say it? Stills is another example of protesting what?
    And by the way, do U protest and kneel in the off season? I have a problem when they protest on their employers site. Go spend some of your money on a stadium, field, arena and protest if U want. Do it 365 days a year. Don’t like police shootings, say it. I don’t like it either. But don’t call them when U R in trouble. If this country gets attacked, U will love our military which is the best. I served in an unpopular war and I will never NOT stand for the flag and I still salute it. When U protest in front of our flag, u insult us veterans.

  9. Stills is a productive football player, and good in the community. Unfortunately this is all over shadowed because of his protesting. You never hear as much of Stills production as you do with protesting.

  10. Agree with the above commenters the protesters actions seem to be shallow and misguided. “Raising awareness” ultimately does little to further their “cause” or any cause for that matter. If anything they should be raising “awareness” to the alarming problem of urban or more accurately black on black crime. Instead they are focused on a few bad apple cops who for the most part are doing a great job considering the widely violent situations they have to deal with, daily. But it’s the mans fault isn’t it Kenny?

  11. If anything they should be raising “awareness” to the alarming problem of urban or more accurately black on black crime.
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    Criminals harassing civilians is not the same thing as a force sworn to protect civilians against violence harassing civilians.

    Seems many willfully do not care to see the difference. Most cops are good. Bad cops need to stop getting good cop protections.

  12. tajuara says:
    September 14, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Ha, this is priceless. According to Kenny Stills

    Activism=Kneeling+Paying a random visit to some veterans

    How about helping the poor communities Kenny? How about educating the poor communities Kenny? Seems to me that this “activism” is just an attempt to get notoriety in order to boost egos and bank accounts

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    Learn the whole story before you comment. Since he got to Miami, Stills has been more active in the community than any othe Dolphin with the possible exception of the now NY Giant Michael Thomas. I don’t blame you for not knowing that but those of us who live here and are also active in the community know his value as a good man and a good neighbor all too well.

  13. @niners816..
    Very well said. As a Veteran I AM offended by Stills and Lynch. These so called protesters say it’s not against MY flag or my fellow Vets. If that were true you would help our struggle. We have too many Veterans who are homeless or can’t get healthcare. They don’t want reform, they want to have their face in the paper. Just makes me sick. All this because Kaperdink was too lazy to stand then made up some excuse to cover it up. Then Sue’s the league for collusion after turning down 14 million dollars (that could’ve helped his so called cause). This guy wears anti pig socks, Pro Castro shirts and has a girlfriend who is more of a racist then him. Karma sucks doesn’t it CK?

  14. Seems these articles are still ruffling quite a few feathers of “true americans”. You know, the kind that can tell you what, when or where its appropriate to protest.

  15. Pretending to be an angry veteran online is more disrespectful than sitting through the national anthem.

    Working festivals this summer most Americans I saw sat through the anthem because they didn’t want to risk spilling the food from the plate off their lap. I think mostly they lash out online looking for “likes”

    We could clean up the internet by taking away the “like” button all together. I’m all for it.

  16. Activism through protest is as effective as a diet crouton. It’s a way of saying you care but not actually doing anything to solve the problem.
    It’s just like hippies in the 70’s carrying signs and blocking the entrance to a nuclear power plant. The plants were opened and operational anyways. It’s a useless gesture.

  17. Please explane what you’re doing in the off season to help make a difference. Thank you for visiting our vets but that’s not what you’re protesting about. Are you helping communities and police to understand each other or are you just a protester in front of cameras?

  18. Please explain what you’re doing in the off season to help make a difference. Thank you for visiting our vets but that’s not what you’re protesting about. Are you helping communities and police to understand each other or are you just a protester in front of cameras?

  19. Quit confusing your racism for patriotism folks. Most white Americans choose to change the narrative to “they are disrespecting the flag,” simply because it allows them to keep their heads in the sand and blame someone else for their own short comings. It’s far easier to hide behind the flag and claim to be a great patriot than it is to have a discussion on the real narrative of “why it is that people of color are more than 10 times likely to be shot by the police.” How about we have open and honest discussions about these issues and not allow politicians to keep us divided, which is the plan. PEACE and GODS SPEED.

    The excerpt below was in this article as well. Somehow most of you “Patriots” missed it.

    Per the report, Stills, Wilson and Dolphins cheerleaders went to the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and West Palm Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center to spend time with sick South Florida veterans and honor those who fought for America on September 11.

    “It is important to see and know that veterans understand what we’re doing and why we’re doing it,” Stills said. “And know that we’re not against them and it’s never been about them. I think that’s really important and it means a lot to us.”

  20. The amount of ignorance on these boards is blinding.
    People asking the same questions: “what are you protesting?”, “What have you done to help your cause besides kneeling?”.

    Do you want to know the answers? Because they are out there. If you would take the time to be objective, and listen or read a story about these people, you would know this.

    But hey, I guess ignorance is bliss right?

  21. hagemeisterpark920 says:
    September 14, 2018 at 1:38 pm
    Just dumped this guy from my fantasy team!
    —————————————–

    So you picked him up this year, while knowing about his kneeling in the past. And then he scores 2TDs last week and you drop him now…

    Got it.

  22. I’m glad Kenny Stills is going to let us know when the world has changed enough to get his stamp of approval.

  23. One of the biggest non-discussed facts about Black Lives Matter & the protest of Police Brutality now dubbed the Anthem Protests 🙄 is this fact:

    Police & law enforcement not only are sworn to serve & protect, but the uniforms are adorned with not only an official government shield, but also the US American flag

    To violate foundational & fundamental principles, morals, & laws by such individuals is more offensive than someone not sworn & hired to uphold such

    Even though we ALL are to be law abiding citizens
    Law enforcement is the ultimate representation of the US with the US Armed Forces being the elite of them all

    Now black on black crime & black on any other race is deplorable
    Any crime against humanity & nature is deplorable

    The main difference is one is trained & sworn to uphold such
    The others are supposedly told and/or taught to as regular citizens

    Those who protest are usually the very one’s who’ve always been involved in their communities, even since pee-wee league
    These are players who’ve always projected or tried to project positive nonviolent resolutions to issues

    They’re now using any & every platform to gain a foothold on combating ALL crimes & injustices

    Others made this into anti military, anti police, anti America, anti flag, etc crap

    Anyone who follows this ordeal now & in the future will see the obvious misrepresentation of the facts & the blatant disregard of truth by all who are responsible for not only creating false narratives,
    But, those who had power & responsibility to correct the fabrications yet ignored, neglected, & refused to do so

    Careers don’t define everyone
    Millions of dollars won’t silence everyone
    Public opinion won’t sway everyone
    &
    Even imprisonment & assassinations have yet to thwart noble causes

    All of America is not behind the protest
    BUT
    Guess what? Neither is the majority against it either

    The flames being fanned are being redirected by GOD to destroy evil

    That’s the evils of blacks, whites, high & low, including the color of green

    This ain’t even about Colin Kaepernick at all
    It wasn’t about MLK, it wasn’t about JFK,
    Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, Joan of Ark etc

    It’ll never be about man per se

    Open our eyes & ears & wills to receive revelation

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