USA Today, September 11, 2016
Four Miami Dolphins, including running back Arian Foster, took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before their game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
The other Dolphins were linebacker Jelani Jenkins, wide receiver Kenny Stills and safety Michael Thomas.
“They say it’s not the time to do this,” Foster said after the Dolphins’ 12-10 loss. “When is the time? It’s never the time in somebody else’s eye, because they’ll always feel like it’s good enough. And some people don’t. That’s the beautiful thing about this country. If somebody feels it’s not good enough, they have that right. That’s all we’re doing, exercising that right.”
Earlier in the day, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters raised a fist during the national anthem prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers. New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett and safety Devin McCourty also raised their right fists after the anthem was played Sunday night before their game against the Arizona Cardinals.
“It’s not about attention for me, though,” Peters said after the game. “Don’t talk about it–be about it. I come from a majority black community from Oakland, California. I grew up around my people a lot. I got family who’s still in the struggle. All I’m saying is we need to educate the youth. If we keep educating the kids, then we eliminate these problems.”