Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross on Sunday responded to protest actions by several players to silently protest during the national anthem, saying he supported them fully.
“I don’t think it was any lack of respect,” Ross told reporters after the Dolphins lost to the Seahawks, 12-10, on the road. “I think everybody here, our organization respects the flag and what it stands for and with the soldiers and everything. But I think these guys are really making a conversation of something that is a very important topic in this country and I’m very supportive of them. You’re allowed to really indicate what your preferences are and how your feelings are and that’s what makes us so great and I applaud what they’re doing.”
Four Dolphins players knelt during the national anthem, including linebacker Jelani Jenkins. He told the Palm Beach Post, “that he couldn’t deny injustices he was aware of, and felt compelled to kneel along with three other teammates.”
Kenny Stills, Arian Foster and Michael Thomas also protested silently. The move comes on the heels of a united front by the entire Seahawks organization. All held arms in unison prior to their game. In Kansas City, cornerback Marcus Peters raised a black-gloved fist in protest during the anthem.
The protests are to call attention to racial injustices and were started by San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.