Sick of "Fluff and Empty Gestures," the Dolphins Decide to Stay in Locker Room During Anthem

Sick of “Fluff and Empty Gestures,” the Dolphins Decide to Stay in Locker Room During Anthem


The Miami Dolphins have announced that they intend to stay in the locker room during the playing of both the national anthem and the “black national anthem,” known as Lift Every Voice and Sing, because they feel protests on the field are “empty gestures.”

“This attempt to unify only creates more divide. So, we’ll skip this song and dance, and as a team we’ll stay inside,” a group of 18 Dolphins players said in a video posted on Thursday. “We need changed hearts, not just a response to pressure. Enough, no more fluff and empty gestures. We need owners with influence and pockets bigger than ours to call up officials and flex political power.”

BREAKING NEWS: The@MiamiDolphins players will stay inside for both national anthems. They express their discontentment with what they call “fluff and empty gestures” by the @NFL pic.twitter.com/ghUktHhPt9

— Jay Williams (@RealJayWilliams) September 10, 2020

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