MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins have announced players will not be on the field for the national anthem in Sunday’s season opener.
In a video first shared by ESPN’s Jay Williams, several Fins players explain they will “stay inside” during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The team’s demonstration includes staying inside for “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Black national anthem, which the NFL has decided will be played before every week-one game.
“If we could just right our wrongs, we wouldn’t need two songs,” center Ted Karras said in the video.
The two-minute, 15-second video featured nearly 20 players trading stern rhymes about the nation’s social protest movement.
“If you speak up for change, then I shut up and play,” safety Bobby McCain said.
In the past, the Dolphins have had a few players kneel during the anthem in protest of police brutality.
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