Kenny Stills took a knee for the national anthem

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Kenny Stills changed teams, but that didn’t mean his activism would change.

The receiver, traded from the Dolphins to the Texans last week, took a knee during the national anthem before Monday night’s game, as he said he would, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Stills said in August he would continue kneeling during the anthem to raise awareness about social injustice.

Stills has taken a knee during the anthem since 2016 to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

He became the first Texans player to kneel during the national anthem since a group kneel in Seattle in 2017.

Stills recently criticized Dolphins team owner Stephen Ross holding a fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and questioned Jay-Z’s partnership with the league.

Last month, he told reporters in Miami that he characterizes his criticism of Ross and his devotion to activism as “God’s work.”

“It’s not about politics,” Stills said. “It’s never been about politics. It’s about the human being.”

50 responses to “Kenny Stills took a knee for the national anthem

  1. Aaaaaand the people that will be upset about this saying it offends vets are the same ones waving confederate and nazi flags. I AM a vet and not offended by their kneeling, I served to protect that right.

  2. Do something original Kenny. Something helpful. Quit just stirring the pot…its not helping any cause.

  3. ksiner says:
    September 9, 2019 at 8:10 pm
    Aaaaaand the people that will be upset about this saying it offends vets are the same ones waving confederate and nazi flags. I AM a vet and not offended by their kneeling, I served to protect that right.

    I guess that doesn’t matter. You, as a vet, can’t tell them that it doesn’t offend you. They will tell you what offends you.

  4. Michael says:
    September 9, 2019 at 8:21 pm
    As a Dolphin fan, the one move that I’m happy they made was trading Stills and his politics.

    Glad to see that his removal helped your team win. Oops.

  5. Stills said in August he would continue kneeling during the anthem to raise awareness about social injustice.

    There are better and far more constructive ways to raise awareness about social injustice.

  6. Every employee must adhere to their organizations dress code and code of conduct while at work. It’s really as simple as that, he can protest when he’s not at work. As a Vet, I fully support his freedom to protest, just not at work. This is so old and really what good is this doing? Just further dividing our country.

  7. qckappa says:
    September 9, 2019 at 8:26 pm
    Funny, i guess that those don’t like Stills’ peaceful protest are just fine with unequal justice.
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    False equivalence.

  8. All it is completing is a cry for attention, drawing attention to himself and not the team. It’s not creating any social awareness or raising any money, just drawing bad attention to himself. Any publicity is good publicity though right? Right?

  9. People keep saying “I can’t protest at work”. Honestly… who cares? Just because you can’t do it doesn’t mean he shouldn’t do it. You aren’t capable of playing in the NFL either. Should he stop playing because you can’t. He’s been kneeling for two years now. If he wasn’t allowed to do so he wouldn’t have lasted 2 years doing it. Clearly there isn’t a rule against it, so he is doing what he allowed to do at work. I don’t know too many jobs that would make it a requirement to stand for the national anthem. If they played the song in the lobby at McDonald’s nobody would stand or care about those who didn’t.

    If you’re so worried about how disrespectful they’re being towards vets, what have you done to get more recognition for vets at your place of work? What have you done other than post comments on this site to come up with a solution for it? If you aren’t doing anything to support your opinions, why are you so concerned about what he does or doesn’t do to support his?

    – Navy Vet

  10. What a moron… good riddance Stills. Stop using the NFL to do your protests and gods work as you call it. Do it on your own time ans dime!!! We are tired of that same old worn out agenda.

  11. Why are we still talking about this? Taking a knee does nothing but annoy people and cause arguments and more division… not positive change. Let’s get these guys on camera out there actually doing something about the issue. Publicize the actions that cause change, not a stupid cry for personal attention like taking a knee. People may actually give a crap about that.

  12. Social injustice? You mean making a salary more than 10X the average household? If you want to affect change, do something to direct attention to the change… Police ride songs, speaking at schools, ect. Kneeling during the anthem just shows how out of touch you really are.

  13. Why is this still a story? He chooses to protest peacefully by taking a knee. Good for him. I guess talking about it keeps the topic in the forefront, so it’s working.

  14. As a combat infantry vet (& airborne), I think we all know that any of the POG opinions don’t really count. It’s like kickers speaking for all football players.

    The reality is he has the right to protest agreed, but my service does not speak to the wisdom of his doing so.

  15. popolover1 says:
    September 9, 2019 at 8:37 pm
    If I demonstrated any of my politics anything at work, I would not have a job. He needs to abide by his owners rules. Period.
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    He is, the NFL has not put a rule in place banning it. They put a policy in place and rescinded it

  16. The funny thing is that the people who support Stills kneeling are enraged if someone has an opinion that they don’t support. They only have tolerance for those who agree with them.

  17. If you think Stills doesn’t put his money and time where his mouth is, here’s a list of his accomplishments off the field since being traded to the Dolphins from the Saints:

    • Two time Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee
    • Three time Dolphins’ Nat Moore Community Service Award recipient
    • Named a “Luminary Icon” by the LGBTQ rights group SAVE
    • Frequent visitor to the Miami VA Healthcare System
    • Led a town hall meeting and spearheaded a RISE to Vote campaign that resulted in the
    entire team being registered to vote for the first time ever
    • Mentored children and educated himself and others about civil rights
    • Started a Miami branch of the OK Program, a mentoring non-profit that connects young
    black men with black police officers
    • Multiple police ride alongs with the Dolphins Football Unites Program that seeks to
    bring communities and police together peacefully
    • Attended the Know Your Rights camp which empowers youth in their community and teaches
    them various ways to interact with law enforcement in addition to building self-
    empowerment and motivation

  18. “Michael says:
    September 9, 2019 at 8:21 pm
    As a Dolphin fan, the one move that I’m happy they made was trading Stills and his politics.”

    Social justice is not “politics”

  19. If i am the owner of the Texans, i tell Mr. Kneels to stand up during the anthem or you are off the team asap, players need to leave politics away from the game, it just causes too much controversy.

  20. PBMedia John Amodea says:
    September 10, 2019 at 7:52 am

    “Michael says:
    September 9, 2019 at 8:21 pm
    As a Dolphin fan, the one move that I’m happy they made was trading Stills and his politics.”

    Social justice is not “politics”

    Announcing to the media that you don’t like your team owner having a fundraising dinner for a particular politician IS politics.

  21. bluestarcowboy says:
    September 10, 2019 at 9:51 am
    PBMedia John Amodea says:
    September 10, 2019 at 7:52 am

    “Michael says:
    September 9, 2019 at 8:21 pm
    As a Dolphin fan, the one move that I’m happy they made was trading Stills and his politics.”

    Social justice is not “politics”

    Announcing to the media that you don’t like your team owner having a fundraising dinner for a particular politician IS politics.
    ———————————

    Then why is he kneeling? Neither the flag nor the anthem IS political.

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