The form of protest during the national anthem was different for Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, cornerback De’Vante Bausby and defensive end Michael Bennett, but the message remained the same as they continued to try drawing attention to social and racial injustices in the U.S. toward African Americans.
On Thursday, the three Eagles waited in the tunnel leading out to the field during the national anthem on Thursday night just before the Eagles faced the New England Patriots.
The NFL adopted an anthem policy in May that would allow players to stay in the locker room during the anthem in order to avoid a fine. But that policy is no longer in effect as the NFL and players’ association have been working on a new policy.
Last week, Jenkins and Bausby raised their fist, while Bennett stayed in the tunnel and came jogging out as the anthem was being played.
Before the game, Jenkins wore a T-shirt that read, “You Aren’t Listening”. That was written on a sign that Jenkins held up back on June 6 in response to President Donald Trump canceling the Eagles’ White House visit, saying that the Eagles aren’t patriotic.