Dolphins' Kenny Stills says he'll continue to kneel during anthem
The Dolphins wide receiver says his actions aren't meant to be 'disrespectful to anyone'
Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills was one of 11 players in Week 1 to join 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest against social inequality. He was joined by Dolphins teammates Arian Foster, Michael Thomas and Jelani Jenkins, who all took a knee during the national anthem prior to Sunday's game against the Seahawks.
The decision to protest was not without controversy, with critics pointing out that doing so on 9/11 was disrespectful to those families affected by the tragedy that took place 15 years before.
"They say 'It's not the time to do this.' Well, when is the time?," Foster said after the game "It's never the time in somebody else's eyes 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, then they have the right, and that's all they're doing is exercising their right."
And on Tuesday, Still said in a statement that he will continue to protest.
"In no way was my action intended to be a sign of disrespect to anyone," Still wrote. "I love my country. And I have the utmost respect for the servicemen and women who have -- for hundreds of years -- sacrificed on our behalf. It is because of them that we have the freedom to help give a voice to the voiceless."
Stills' message was that "we have to treat each other with more love and respect," adding that the "overwhelming number of innocent people being killed right in front of our eyes is wholly unacceptable. ...
"As we travel this path together. 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."
But Stills also made clear that he will continue his protest.
"...I will continue to take a knee before games in order to continue drawing attention to the important issues we face as a society."
You can read his entire statement below:
The Dolphins face the Patriots on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
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