Dolphins Receiver Albert Wilson Is Still Kneeling During National Anthem

Written by Ann Brown
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson (15) kneels during the National Anthem, before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Dolphins receiver Albert Wilson has been carrying on the silent protest former NFL player Colin Kaepernick started by continuing to kneel during the playing of the national anthem.

Wilson has knelt during every game he played last season. He did so to raise awareness for social justice issues in America and now he has  continued his protest this season as he knelt by the bench before kickoff during the season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

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“I don’t feel like anything has changed. We’re protesting social injustice and police brutality,” said Wilson. “Things haven’t changed since last year so we’ll continue to protest.”

Initailly, some of the players on the Dolphins joined Kaepernick in taking a knee to create awareness for police brutality and racial inequality.

Unlike other owners, Dolphins owner Steve Ross has given his players the freedom to kneel during the playing of the national anthem since 2016, and Dolphins coach Brian Flores has said he supports player protests “because those players are bringing attention to his story as a Black and Hispanic man who grew up in Brooklyn, New York,” The Sun Sentinel reported.

“Quite honestly, they’re bringing attention to my story. So, let’s talk about that. I’m the son of immigrants. I’m Black. I grew up poor. I grew up in New York during the stop-and-frisk era, so I’ve been stopped because I fit a description before. So everything these guys have protested, I’ve lived it. I’ve experienced it,” Flores said. “I applaud those guys, how [they] protest. Whether it’s Kaepernick, or Eric Reid, or Kenny, I applaud those guys. I told Kenny that in our meeting, in front of our entire team.”