Protesting America on Foreign Soil: Three Dolphins Kneel for Anthem in London, Saints Kneel for Coin Toss But Stand for Anthem

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London was the scene of one of the largest anthem protests in the entire league last weekend, when over 20 players and executives from the Jaguars and Ravens took a knee, or raised a fist in protest. This week, however, the scene at Wembley Stadium looked far different.

As the NFL’s Week 4 kicked off, the New Orleans Saints took a knee during the coin toss but stood for the anthem. Meanwhile, across the field, three members of the Miami Dolphins took a knee during the playing of the national anthem.

The three Dolphins who refused to stand were Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas, and Michael Thomas all took a knee during the national song.

This is the second week in a row that Stills and Julius Thomas took a knee in protest during the anthem. For Michael Thomas, it was his first time kneeling.

For their part, the Saints acted as a team and knelt before the American anthem played, but stood for the song itself. This is a slightly different strategy for protest from the team’s Week 3 actions were ten members remained seated during the anthem.

The Saints also had a mixture of locking arms and simply standing for the national anthem.

Meanwhile, both teams quietly stood at attention for the playing of God Save The Queen, the British national anthem.

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